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Apr 16

Canadian case study: “We are healthcare workers who happen to do protection”

The vast majority of incidents of aggression within our hospitals are a symptom of the person’s mental health and/or addiction issue(s). These people are sick. They come to our facilities for help, to heal and to get better. It’s our job, to the best of our abilities, to provide care. It’s also our job – … Continue reading Canadian case study: “We are healthcare workers who happen to do protection”

09
Feb 16

Emergency Department Staff at Risk as Ice-Fuelled Violence Increases

Emergency wards are experiencing a crisis, with staff facing growing levels of aggression from patients affected by the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ice. The shooting of a police officer and a security guard at Nepean Hospital in January has prompted the NSW Government to commission a security audit of all the state’s hospitals. It is … Continue reading Emergency Department Staff at Risk as Ice-Fuelled Violence Increases

14
Oct 15

How to Respond to your Child using Methamphetamine

“I’ve learned that the stigma of whether someone uses any drug is not to do with the person, it’s to do with society. As soon as I got my head around that I became a much better support for my son.” Debbie Warner was invited to the stage at the recent Tackling Methamphetamine Conference in … Continue reading How to Respond to your Child using Methamphetamine

30
Sep 15

10 Lessons from the Frontlines of Tackling Methamphetamine

Last week, delegates from across Australia gathered to discuss their experiences, thoughts and strategies for dealing with methamphetamine use. While the examples and case studies shared covered a variety of perspectives, a number of common themes emerged from the speakers’ presentations. Media hype is just that – hype Those in attendance repeatedly rebuked the media-driven line … Continue reading 10 Lessons from the Frontlines of Tackling Methamphetamine

19
Aug 15

Tackling Methamphetamine: we’re going in the wrong direction

Author:Alex Wodak

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Firstly, how big a problem is crystal methamphetamine really?  The problems caused by methamphetamine in Australia are dwarfed by the problems caused by the legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco. We should never forget that. Still, for the people who struggle with methamphetamine, and their families and friends, it’s a huge problem. Methamphetamine causes some physical … Continue reading Tackling Methamphetamine: we’re going in the wrong direction

24
Jul 15

Methamphetamine-Related Deaths on the Rise

New research has found that methamphetamine-related deaths in Australia jumped by 19% between 2010 and 2011, with projected figures predicting the increase will continue. The most recent data currently available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that 85 deaths related to methamphetamine were recorded in 2010, increasing to 101 the following year. Research by … Continue reading Methamphetamine-Related Deaths on the Rise

29
Jun 15

Developing an Organisational Response to Methamphetamine

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In response to increasing demand for methamphetamine treatment (from 6% as the primary drug for people using ReGen services in 2009 to over 30% today), ReGen has undertaken a range of measures to increase organisational capacity to respond to the needs of individuals and family members affected by methamphetamine use.  We started by looking at … Continue reading Developing an Organisational Response to Methamphetamine

19
Jun 15

‘Ice’: Focus on People – Not the Drug

There has been a lot written about crystalline methamphetamine or ‘ice’ in the past few months because of its increasing impact on drug users, their families and the broader community. At Family Drug Support we are getting more calls than ever from family members struggling to cope.  It is now the drug most reported by … Continue reading ‘Ice’: Focus on People – Not the Drug