The impact of methamphetamines
Before we can work out the best way to manage the increasing use of methamphetamine in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, we need to develop a clear picture of its level of use.
But Associate Professor James Ward and his team aren't solely interested in statistics. They are planning to capture information around what impact methamphetamine use has on people using the drug, and develop strategies for how communities themselves can respond.
What is methamphetamine?
Often called 'crystal meth', or 'ice', methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug. Users report feelings of increased alertness and activity and impacts on judgment and inhibition. Methamphetamine use has serious longer term effects, and can lead to increased risk of contracting disease including HIV and Hepatitis C.
Associate Professor Ward is affiliated with Flinders University of South Australia.