News : Ice Calls to Helpline Double
Sydney, Australia, Oct 2, 2015 -- The rate of amphetamine-related calls to the State Government’s drug helpline has more than doubled in the past five years.
It comes as new figures show that more than one in 15 Australians, or 1.3 million people, have used amphetamines.
The latest Drug and Alcohol Office annual report reveals the rate of people treated primarily for amphetamine and meth addiction rose 63 per cent between 2009 and last year.
While alcohol was still the biggest drug of concern among people seeking treatment last year, rates have been falling.
More than one-fifth of all treatments were for amphetamine-type stimulants last year, and calls to the Alcohol and Drug Information Service about the drugs rose from a rate of 58 per 100,000 people in 2009 to 118 per 100,000 last year.
The report also shows an explosion in the number of new psychoactive substances.
At last count in June, DAO had identified 300 synthetic cannabinoids on top of 450 other new substances made by modifying the chemical make-up of products such as incense, bath salts and jewellery cleaner.
An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows the use, treatment and availability of ice have increased across the country.
Spokesman Geoff Neideck said the proportion of new amphetamine users opting for ice rather than other forms of the drug rose from 26 per cent in 2007 to 43 per cent in 2013.
GO FOR GOLD AND REPRESENT YOUR NATION!
The 2018 13th annual Top Ranking Performers Global Awards are open until 31st Dec 2017
Awards for all levels of staff and a fantastic range of corporate awards for contact centers! Click on the banner for details!
Treatment for people who smoked amphetamines, including methamphetamine, soared from 3.4 per cent in 2003-04 to 41 per cent in 2013-14.
Although ice use was increasing, amphetamine use in general had declined in recent years.
"In 2013, about 1.3 million people, or 7 per cent of Australians, had used meth or amphetamine in their lifetime, and 2.1 per cent had used them recently," Mr Neideck said.
Both users and addicts getting treatment were more likely to be male, with many aged between 20 and 29.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Today's Tip of the Day - Telephone Numbers
About Drug and Alcohol Office:
The Drug and Alcohol Office provides and contracts a statewide network of services relating to prevention, treatment, professional education and training and research activities in the drug and alcohol sector.
Published: Monday, October 5, 2015
Zendesk is inspiring the help desk 2.0 movement through a focus on enlightened customer support. As the first organization in the industry to leverage SaaS and the benefits of web-based communication ...
Avaya is a recognized innovator, leading business communications for the digital age. Avaya delivers smart global solutions and technologies for customer and team engagement, unified communications an...
|Horizon Contact Centers|
Horizon is an on demand international Contact Center and (BPO) Company.
|Blue Ocean Contact Centers|
We thrive on delivering critical customer service solutions that go beyond transactional interactions. As such, our goal is to enhance lifetime customer value, providing support that is a reflection o...