THE HOSPITAL PERSPECTIVE
PHILLIP Brooks has seen the effects of ice, or methamphetamine, first hand.
As a registrar in the Emergency and Toxicology Department at Royal Perth Hospital, he frequently witnesses patients admitted in a state of drug-induced psychosis.
“Patients on meth are acutely agitated, they can be aggressive, violent towards staff and have almost super-human strength,” Dr Brooks said.
“They can require physical and chemical restraint for both their safety and that of the hospital staff.
“Patients are often acutely paranoid, confused, delirious and at the extreme, in a state of acute drug-induced psychosis with explosive outbursts of violence.”
“Security, staff, police and ambulance staff have attempted to restrain them when they are biting and spitting blood.”
Dr Brooks said he had definitely seen an increase in these types of cases in recent years and said methamphetamine was a one-way path to destruction. “The message is – don’t try it,” he said. “I have seen ice ruin lives, not only the individual, but those of loved ones having their lives torn apart; it has the ability to destroy someone’s personality.
“It is profoundly habit forming, so an introduction to it may give a high, but will turn into an all-consuming habit. “I wish people could see what I see and think about their choices more carefully.”