You have probably heard about methamphetamine and in particular, ‘ice’ or crystal meth, as there has been a lot of media around the ‘epidemic’ that is sweeping Australia. But is this really true?
This section of the website will give you the real picture of drug use by young people – which by the way, shows that only 5.2% of 12-17 year olds in Western Australia have ever tried Amphetamine Type Stimulants (which includes methamphetamine) in their life. Surprised? It’s true, and that’s why it’s important to dispel the myths about drugs and drug use that young people may hear in conversations with others or read about or see in the media.
In this part of our website you can read more about methamphetamine – what it is, effects it may have on your body and mind – and you can follow the links to read additional reliable and accurate information about methamphetamine and other drugs.
There are also links to drug and alcohol support lines that can give advice and support, and point you in the right direction to get help when you or a friend or family member is experiencing a problem with drugs including methamphetamine.
Drug use can be complex and the issues and consequences that surround it can be confusing and may seem difficult to manage. This means that it is important to know where to seek help so that you can access the support that you need.
What to do in an emergency
It is safer not to use drugs, but if someone does and starts to feel any of the following symptoms: very tired, hot or cold and unwell, irritable, confused or irrational, cramps, faint, trouble going to the toilet, trouble breathing, headache, vomiting, collapse or convulsions - call an ambulance on 000 immediately. Please note that Police will not normally attend unless ambulance officers are threatened or there is a death.