DOCTOR’S GRAVE WARNING ON ICE
What surprises me again and again is a young person on ice who comes in agitated, angry, abusive, paranoid; we treat them and the next morning they have no recollection of the previous night’s events and believe they were and are fine and go back to use again in the mistaken belief that they don’t have problems with ice.
Thankfully they are not as common as alcohol affected patients but the ones on ice stick in your mind more.
Taking ice is just not worth it.
You may be a regular user or even a casual user and still able to function, but the drug’s impacts may well eventually affect you.
If and when it becomes a problem, talk to your doctor.
They can give you emotional support during your recovery and can treat any medical problems that may arise.
They can also connect you with the various treatment programs available.
Ice, also known as crystal methamphetamine, is a highly addictive, illegal drug.
It’s manufactured by mixing common pharmaceutical drugs with dangerous chemicals such as acetone, bleach, battery acid, and engine coolant.
Using ice changes your brain.
It triggers the release of dopamine which is associated with the feel-good response in the brain.
When you take ice, your brain can be flooded by up to a thousand times more dopamine than usual.
This can cause an unpredictable imbalance of the brain’s chemicals and the brain can no longer register a natural level of happiness.
Long after the effects of ice have worn off, the body can’t restore its dopamine levels to the amount it needs for everyday functioning.
This results in an intense
It’s reported that up to about onequarter of regular methamphetamine users will experience psychosis in any given year. - DR IAN WILSON
low feeling that’s often referred to as a comedown, which can last for days.
Often, users crave the feeling they got from being on the drug, and the drug spiral begins.
It’s reported that up to about one-quarter of regular methamphetamine users will experience psychosis in any given year.
Methamphetamine psychosis usually involves feeling overly suspicious, having strange beliefs about things that are not plausible, or hearing and seeing things that are not there.
These symptoms can vary in intensity and usually last up to three hours, but sometimes symptoms can last for days.
There are recreational ice users, people who might use it to party now and then seemingly without affect.
The problem is that we can’t tell who will become dependent on ice and who won’t.
And once you’re dependent, it’s hard to get off ice because of how it affects your brain.
From page 10 There are recreational ice users, people who might use it to party now and then seemingly without affect.
Every consumer’s experience is different because the effects of any drug, including ice, vary from person to person.
An individual’s size, weight and general health, how much of the drug they’ve taken and how they’ve taken it and whether they’ve used it before all impact on how someone’s body responds.
Someone might not develop a dependence after using ice once, but from the clients I see, it’s clear that if you use it once it’s likely you’ll use it again.
The more times you use ice, or any other drug, the greater the risk of developing a dependency.
THE FRONTLINE: Dr Ian Wilson and the emergency department at Northeast Health Wangaratta, sees first hand the terrible
consequences of ice use in Wangaratta.