Professor Shane Darke from the National drug and alcohol research centre, described the results, published today in the journal Addictionas a public health crisis.
His team examined 1649 deaths associated with the illegal drug between 2009 and 2015, and found a mortality rate up to six times higher than the General population.
“I hear it said on occasion that the extent of the methamphetamine problem has been exaggerated, but I think that many of the identified cases shows about seven years ago, we have a big problem,” Professor Darke said.
On average, each death 44 years represent lost, the life of the individual, he said.
There are different types of methamphetamine, generally distinguished by their appearance and purity, and the drug crystal meth, known as ice — the most popular among the users.
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Professor Darke was a “hidden danger”, in meth-related deaths, in the form of damage to the vital organs of even modest quantities of the drug.
In 22 percent of cases, ‘natural’ diseases, such as cardiac arrest or stroke is the most common causes of death, Professor Darke were said.
“Many users do not know that heart disease is an important factor in methamphetamine in connection with the death.”
Significant attention was the work of the police, but more needs to be done to the treatment of drug use.
Current calculations suggest that there are around 300,000 regular users of meth across the country.
Perception of the center on violence and while deaths by accident, misadventure and suicide are high, almost half of the meth users died of an overdose.
“Basically, the man spikes is unbearably hot and temperature. You have trouble breathing and you can fit.
“Even a very small amount can be fatal — it can produce a heart attack.”
He fears that he may improve the rates of death rose from year to year, until 2012, when they plateued a dangerously high level as — is, without more awareness.
“But there is also the long-term effects to said,” Professor Darke.
“Even if everyone ceased to manufacture methamphetamine today, we look at a number of individuals with severe damage to her heart.”
Another worrying finding is not surrounded, the 300 identified suicides in the data, he said.
When looking at the methods these people take the life, he observed the unusually violent and impulsive actions.
“I’ve done research on suicide for many years and one thing that struck, I have never seen before … is the disinhibition, impulsivity, and aggression, show the following cases.
“It’s just not typical for a suicide.”
On average, each death 44 years represent lost, the life of the individual, he said. Image: iStock
While meth deaths is distorted relatively young, there were no similarities when it the location, or socio-kam-economic status, he said.
Investigations of sewage last week (for the determination of the prevalence of drug use) showed that South Australia and Western Australia, the home of the nation were the biggest meth user.
Almost half of these occurred they died in a regional or rural locations and a large number of users were in employment, if.
But very few were in treatment, show the need for more funding for services.
“We think there are aspects of the dangers of methamphetamine, the people — in particular, users are not aware of,” he said.
“This is the tip of the iceberg. I think this Problem is something from which the effects will be for decades to come.”
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