Friday, October 06, 2017

The Ice Epidemic

It may or may not be the same in other western countries but our media really beat up Ice. That is methamphetamines. Overdosing on meths can make you very irrational and psychotic, and of course kill you. It is a drug that has been around a very long time.

What do you think Benzedrine is? Yep, a methamphetamine. Here it is listed on a Pan Am airline menu under Service Items, maybe from the 1940s. It made nervous fliers much happier and calmer and it was given out for free. Maybe it would be useful for someone in Perth who hates flying. (Grace, I'll ask my supplier if she can get you some)

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Our media reports the ice scourge, the ice epidemic, violence committed by ice addicts. The media has people so frightened that they are sure they going to be carved up in bed as they sleep by an ice addict. Police have an interest in talking it up. More money for them to fight against the 'ice epidemic'. This interesting graph was published in the Lancet magazine, a peer reviewed medical journal in Britain. I assume this study was carried out in Britain and I can't see why it would not apply here.  No surprise that alcohol tops the list, dreadfully so when it comes to harm to others but do note the tiny amount of harm to others by methamphetamine users. Do we really have a huge Ice problem?


Looks like Cro is not a danger to others with his mushroom consumption, although I expect he eats a different variety.........or maybe not.

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  1. The media, aided and abetted by attention seeking politicians.
    Who will never do anything about the alcohol scourge.

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    1. EC, I don't know that the alcohol problem will ever be solved.

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    2. Because they rely on the taxes they get from alcohol sales, just like they do with the taxes from cigarette sales, which must be a goodly amount going by the price of ciggies these days.

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  2. Anonymous8:14 am

    Hmmm. Irrational and psychotic? Which former prime minister could that be? - Ian

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    1. Ian, we don't have to go back far.

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  3. I remember when people left high school and could not wait to experiment with their first weed. It seemed to be a rite of passage, sociable and fun. But why would anyone try ice?

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    1. Hels, exactly the same reason. Taken as most do, I understand it is a very pleasant drug. But like with alcohol, some have a predisposal to addiction.

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  4. Luckily the only mushrooms I consume cause elation, gastronomic ecstasy, and exhilaration; more than can be said for some of the 'substances' I've consumed.

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  5. We have a lot of problems here with meth. I call them the night zombies, as they crawl out in the night, with sunglasses on, often awake 3 days or more. Its the come down time, a former meth head friend told me, when one's body so exhausted and dehydrated that they know not what they are doing. Meth does fuel a lot of crime here, broken up families and homelessness.

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    1. We call them tweekers or meth heads here.

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    2. Stayer, what you say rather disagrees with the UK statistics and I expect here in Australia our statistics might disagree with the UK ones. Meth heads is used here too.

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  6. Andrew in europe os the same prroblem

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  7. I'm not at all surprised that Alcohol is top of the list with the largest showing of harm to others, I've been on the receiving end of that.
    I am surprised though to see that Methadone harms the users. Isn't that the stuff they give heroin addicts in treatment programs instead of them taking heroin? I know (not personally) several people around here who get Methadone on a regular basis and I've heard there are three Ice addicts here in the flats. One lives almost within hearing distance and when she "goes off her rocker" the screaming and yelling etc is quite frightening to hear.

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    1. River, such is your life in a privileged inner city location :-P I think Methadone is different. There is no high from Methadone but it stops the craving for heroin, which seems to be quite addictive. I've experienced people out of control on drugs, and it is frightening, especially when they are black African youth.

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  8. It's everywhere the same and the answer is : if you have MONEY it won't happen, they will feed you with a golden spoon !

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    1. Gattina, I think your government perhaps takes a more honest and open view of drug use.

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  9. It's a total beat up. Yes it's an issue, but no more so than alcohol consumption.

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    1. Fen, by sheer numbers, alcohol is much much more of a problem.

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