Methamphetamine abuse



Minimising the harms from methamphetamine

Harmful methamphetamine use has become a serious and intractable health issue in Aotearoa New Zealand over the past 20 years. The paper begins by providing an overview of how methamphetamine is used, by whom and why, how big the market is, what the harms are...

The evaluation of Te Ara Oranga: the path to wellbeing

This publication presents the findings of the evaluation of a methamphetamine treatment programme.

Declines in methamphetamine supply and demand in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic

This study uses data from the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the methamphetamine market in Australia.

COVID-19 pandemic constricts methamphetamine supply in Perth

This study examines the methamphetamine market and prevalence of methamphetamine use in Perth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summary of methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This summary provides up-to-date information about alcohol and other drug use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

How and where police detainees obtain methamphetamine

The findings in this report suggest detainees most commonly obtained methamphetamine through closed drug markets using social supply. However, detainees with more harmful patterns of use also commonly used semi-open markets.

Methamphetamine dependence and domestic violence among police detainees

This study explores the relationship between methamphetamine dependence and domestic violence among male police detainees interviewed as part of the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program. The results illustrate the importance of integrated responses that address the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and domestic violence.

National ice action strategy rollout

This audit was undertaken to provide assurance that a key strategy to reduce the prevalence of crystal methamphetamine use and resulting harms across the Australian community is being implemented effectively and that progress on the delivery of the actions presented in the National Ice Action...

Australia’s annual overdose report 2019

This report reveals that unintentional overdose continues to be a significant cause of death in Australia. The continued growth in unintentional overdose deaths is linked to highly potent drugs, many of which are available through prescription, such as pharmaceutical opioids and benzodiazepines.
Journal article

Review of methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive synthesis of key information on the use of methamphetamines among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. The review provides general information on the context of methamphetamine use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

Methamphetamine contamination: Housing New Zealand’s response

This report discusses Housing New Zealand’s past approach to methamphetamine contamination in its properties.

The methamphetamine market: police detainee perspectives

The data in this report was collected as part of the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program, which is a quarterly collection of criminal justice and drug use information from police detainees at multiple sites across Australia.

Methamphetamine use and acquisitive crime: evidence of a relationship

Abstract Methamphetamine use among Australian police detainees is rising; the impact of this rise on crime trends, and particularly on trends in acquisitive crime, is yet to be established. Identifying trends in and motivations for offending among methamphetamine users may assist law enforcement and policymakers...
Journal article

“Ice” (crystal methamphetamine): concerns and responses

Describes a pattern of increasing use of methamphetamine over the past decade. Summary There is no cause to feel impotent, despite disturbing media reports about methamphetamine. Methamphetamine has been around for some time. Although it is now available in a crystal form that is more...

Methamphetamine in Sydney: perspectives from DUMA police detainees

Introduction Methamphetamine is of national concern, but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers? In real terms it means that frontline police are required, on an increasingly frequent basis, to engage with methamphetamine users. This presents a number of challenges to police. First...
Journal article

Estimating the number of regular and dependent methamphetamine users in Australia, 2002–2014

AbstractObjective: To estimate the number of regular and dependent methamphetamine users in Australia.

Methamphetamine in Perth: perspectives from DUMA police detainees

Methamphetamine is of national concern, but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers? Summary Methamphetamine is of national concern (ACC 2014), but what does this statement mean to frontline police officers? In real terms it means that frontline police are required, on an...

National ice action strategy

Ice use in Australia is a complex problem, and deeply concerning. In April 2015, the Commonwealth government established a National Ice Taskforce to report on actions needed to address increasing ice use in Australia. This strategy has been prepared by the taskforce.

Trends in methylamphetamine availability, use and treatment, 2003–04 to 2013–14

There have been several corresponding trends in the availability, use and treatment of methylamphetamines since 2003–04. Following a decline between 2006–07 and 2009–10, there have been increases across many factors relating to methylamphetamines to 2013–14. Arrests, seizures and detections have all increased. Users are now...

Findings from the DUMA program: methamphetamine drug market trends

Introduction Methamphetamine is a drug of national concern, with the Australian Crime Commission assessing it to be the illicit drug posing the greatest risk to the Australian community. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) reported that...
Literature review

Evidence check: the effects of online brief interventions for the prevention and treatment of methamphetamine use

This review examined the evidence for the effectiveness of online brief interventions (BIs) to reduce youth methamphetamine use. It found promising but inconclusive evidence that online BIs may be a useful tool in preventing initiation of illicit drug use among youth, including amphetamine-type drug use...

Drug use monitoring in Australia: 2013–14 report on drug use among police detainees

New data shows the continuing national rise in methamphetamine use among Australian police detainees. Abstract Delivered by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program supports the National Drug Strategy through its timely provision of data on changes in...

The challenge of synthetic drugs in East and South-East Asia and Oceania

The demand for synthetic drugs in East and Southeast Asia and Oceania continues to rise, while rapid economic integration is creating new opportunities for transnational criminal groups to expand the illicit drug trade, warns the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in this...

The Australian methylamphetamine market: the national picture

The Australian Methylamphetamine Market provide a concise understanding of the nature of organised criminal involvement in the Australian methylamphetamine market. The report consolidates open source information with operational and strategic intelligence to inform the Australian public on what the Australian Crime Commission sees as a...

Ice action plan

On 4 March 2015, the Premier released Victoria's Ice Action Plan. The plan delivers a package of $45.5 million in new funding, including: