Methamphetamine In Australia

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Methamphetamine is highly addictive; however, it is present in some common medications. Due to this people may continue using as they enjoy the feeling it gives them once they take it. If people wish to they can get methamphetamine as it is readily available and inexpensive in Australia. (Winslow, Voorhees and Pehi 2007, p. 1170). According to the journal article, commonly prescribed medications and potential false-positive urine drug screens, that amphetamine or methamphetamine were the most commonly used drugs in medications today (Brahm, Yeager, Fox, Farmer and Palmer 2010, p. 1345). They are present in a non-prescription nasal inhaler (Brahm, Yeager, Fox, Farmer and Palmer 2010, p. 1347). Methamphetamine is also found in anti-depressants …show more content…
However, Australia is trying its best to reduce the usage in Australia as they attempt to prevent it from happening. But currently, there are no effective treatments that are known in Australia. (Winslow, Voorhees and Pehi 2007, p. 1172). However, Australia is attempting to give methamphetamine users as much help as possible by treating users who ingest it orally, activated charcoal. For users with paranoia, antipsychotics may be necessary. (Winslow, Voorhees and Pehi 2007, p. 1172). For other users’ therapies may be the solution, both cognitive and behavioural. Behavioural therapies are the standard kind of therapy for outpatients who have been dependent and who have abused the drug. Cognitive therapies as it has previously been successful with cocaine addiction and it may also work for methamphetamine addiction as well. (Winslow, Voorhees and Pehi 2007, p. 1172). However, there is still very little evidence in the prevention of methamphetamine usage within Australia. (Winslow, Voorhees and Pehi 2007, p. 1173). The prevention of methamphetamine usage within Australia is a difficult process, however, Australia is continuing …show more content…
Australia is under resourced when it comes to methamphetamine treatment. However, there are programs within Australia that are attempting to solve the problem, but users aren’t reaching out to them, this could be because of the lack of education and awareness about it or it could be the community’s stigma (Roche and Mcentee 2016, p. 9). Treatment facilities are extremely limited for Australia. (Roche and Mcentee 2016, p. 9). However, users can receive help from their general practitioners who can help them seek treatment. (Quinn and Stoove 2013, p. 235). Such as: “drug counselling, group counselling, residential rehabilitation and home withdrawal/detoxification services.” (Quinn and Stoove 2013, p. 236). However, The Australian journal of rural health states that there is a need for both primary and secondary level of professionals who specialise in treatment that is based upon; age, gender and subpopulation users. (Roche and Mcentee 2016, p. 9). As a means of trying the reduce the usage of methamphetamine in Australia, Australia needs to educate people about it and encourage users to reach out for

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