Breaking bad habits: old drug might curb new epidemic

It's been shown to reduce cravings with other illicit drugs

Australian researchers are trialling a new, take-home medication in a bid to curb the crystal methamphetamine epidemic.


Frontline clinical drug services in Wollongong, Geelong and Melbourne are recruiting people dependent on ice to determine whether N-acetylcysteine (NAC) can help curb cravings and reduce dependency.

The Australian-first randomised controlled trial is being led by the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University, in Perth, and aims to recruit 180 people to take NAC for 12 weeks.

Trial leader Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin, from the institute,