Unfounded pessimism a barrier to ice treatment

Unfounded pessimism about the effectiveness of ice treatment programs may be acting as a barrier to referrals and treatment uptake for methamphetamine users, drug and alcohol experts say.

Only about one-third of ice users have ever engaged with drug treatment services. Part of the reason for this may be a belief that there is no effective pharmacotherapy for ice dependence, according to  clinicians at the Turning Point clinic in Victoria and the National Drug Research Institute in Perth.

Writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, they say the pessimism is unfounded because data from ice treatment programs show that outcomes are at least as good as those for alcohol or illicit drugs, such as opioids.

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