Ice Storm

Although the societal impact of all addictive substances is of real concern, the methamphetamine known as ‘Ice’ arguably strikes more fear into contemporary Australians than any other.

Highly addictive, Ice has been shown to trigger aggressive behaviour, paranoia and occasionally psychosis. There are also currently no effective pharmacotherapies to help addicts manage its use, leaving lives destroyed and families torn apart.

So just how large is the true scale of the Ice threat? How can and should those affected respond? Are any current public health initiatives, or emerging treatments, showing promise?

In this important presentation, leading researchers from the University of Adelaide will provide the latest answers to all these critical questions and more.

The presenters

Dr. Femke Buisman-Pijlman is the University of Adelaide’s program leader for its International Programme in Addiction Studies, offered online in conjunction with King’s College London (UK) and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). She also heads the Addiction and Mental Health major in Adelaide’s health and medical sciences degree.

Associate Professor Linda Gowing is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmacology at the University of Adelaide, and a Principal Research Officer with Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia. She also teaches in the area of addiction, including through the University’s International Programme on Addiction Studies.

Associate Professor Robert Ali is Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research into the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems at the University of Adelaide. He is also a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Drugs, and the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems.

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