Understanding and responding to methamphetamine use

Crystalline methamphetamine, or ice, is a significant and growing public health concern in Australia. This research aims to improve our understanding of the epidemiology of methamphetamine use, particularly with a view to guiding public health responses, and develop new and innovative ways to treat methamphetamine dependence and respond to the health risks associated with use.

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Tait, R., J., Whetton, S., Shanahan, M., Cartwright, K., Ferrante, A., Gray, D., Kaye, S., McKetin, R., Pidd, K., Ritter, A., Roche, A. and Allsop, S. (2018). Quantifying the societal cost of methamphetamine use to Australia. International Journal of Drug Policy, 62, pp. 30-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.08.015 [RJ1452] View web page

McKetin, R., Dean, O., Baker, A., Carter, G., Turner, A., Kelly, P. and Berk, M. (2017). A potential role for N-acetylcysteine in the management of methamphetamine dependence. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (2), pp. 153–159. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12414 [RJ1236] View web page

McKetin, R., Voce, A. and Burns, R., A. (2017). Research into Methamphetamine Use in the Australian Capital Territory. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. [R313] Download PDF

Whetton, S., Shanahan, M., Cartwright, K., Duraisingam, V., Ferrante, A., Gray, D., Kaye, S., Kostadinov, V., McKetin, R., Pidd, K., Roche, A., Tait, R., J. and Allsop, S. (2017). The Social Costs of Methamphetamine in Australia 2013/14. In Tait, R., J. (ed.). National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9942806-0-2 [T246] Download PDF

McKetin, R., Parasu, P., Cherbuin, N., Eramudugolla, R. and Anstey, K., J. (2016). A longitudinal examination of the relationship between cannabis use and cognitive function in mid-life adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 169, pp. 134-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.10.022 [RJ1270] View web page

Cartwright, K. and Tait, R., J. Service providers’ experience of methamphetamine and the portrayal of the ‘ice epidemic’ in remote Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health. [In Press] [RJ1378]

Ezard, N., Dunlop, A., McKetin, R., Bruno, R., Ali, R., L., Carr, A., White, J., Clifford, B., Hall, M., Liu, Z., Shanahan, M., Dolan, K. and Lintzeris, N. LiMA: a study protocol for randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial of lisdexamfetamine for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence. BMJ Open. [In Press] [RJ1438]

McKetin, R., Voce, A., Burns, R., A., Ali, R., L., Lubman, D., Baker, A. and Castle, D. Latent psychotic symptom profiles amongst people who use methamphetamine: What do they tell us about existing diagnostic categories? Frontiers in Psychiatry. [In Press] [RJ1468]

Voce, A., McKetin, R., Calabria, B., Burns, R., A. and Castle, D. A systematic review of the symptom profile and course of methamphetamine associated psychosis. Substance Use and Misuse. [In Press] [RJ1445]