Journal article

Crystalline methamphetamine use and methamphetamine-related harms in Australia

Louisa Degenhardt, Grant Sara, Rebecca McKetin, Amanda Roxburgh, Timothy Dobbins, Michael Farrell, Lucinda Burns, Wayne D Hall



INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Concerns about crystal methamphetamine use and harm have increased in multiple countries. This paper describes how changes in the availability and use of crystal methamphetamine have impacted on methamphetamine-related harms in Australia. DESIGN AND METHODS: Data on methamphetamine use were obtained from population-level surveys, health service data and surveys of drug use among sentinel groups of ecstasy users and people who inject drugs. Data were obtained on seizures, arrests, clandestine laboratory detections, hospital separations, mental health unit admissions, drug telephone helpline calls and drug treatment episodes. Segmented linear regression models were fitte..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council principal research fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

L.D. is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council principal research fellowship (no. 1041472). The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Australia is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grant Fund. The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research receives core funding from the Graeme Wood Foundation. The authors thank the NSW Ministry of Health for providing data on amphetamine-related mental health unit admissions, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the State and Territory Health Departments for providing access to the National Hospital Morbidity Database and Dr Julia Lappin for her comments on an earlier draft of this paper.