Ice users often have more than just drug problems


ICE users in the emergency ward often have more than a drug problem.

Emergency medicine expert Dr David Caldicott said many struggled with accommodation, drug debts and other issues.

The Australian National University academic said paranoia often kept many users away from hospital so he would often see involuntary admissions, which were the most severe cases.

Dr Caldicott described hospital data as difficult to rely upon and said hospital resources to intervene were limited.

The Australian Drug Foundation lists withdrawal, pharmacotherapy, counselling, rehabilitation, complementary therapies, peer support, social support and family support as methods used to overcome drug addictions.

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Pharmacotherapy refers to the use of medication to replace harmful drugs and complementary therapies covers natural and herbal remedies.

The Salvation Army conducts a program offering long-term residential treatment, day programs and services to help people detox. Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin said some people who used residential facilities would stay for up to a year. Drug workers suggest people speak with a GP about treatment or phone DirectLine on 1800888236.

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