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ANU links ice to psychosis

By johnboy - 10 January 2013 31

The Australian National University is sharing the fruits of their research into methamphetamine:

Dr Rebecca McKetin, of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, and colleagues tracked 278 methamphetamine – commonly known as ice – users over several years and found a clear dose-related increase in psychotic symptoms during periods of use, with around half experiencing psychotic symptoms when taking the drug daily.

“People describe being followed, spied on – they will take down the number plate of every car behind them, spend hours searching for bugging devices in their homes, and some won’t leave the house because they think that people are waiting for them outside,” said Dr McKetin.

“These experiences are often coupled with seeing or hearing things that aren’t there. It is disturbing for their friends and family and often very frightening for the person.”

On the other hand one has to wonder if a daily ice habit would not lead to significant well founded fear of both the police and the crime groups selling the drug.

It seems the symptoms clear up when the drug use ends too.

What’s Your opinion?


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ANU links ice to psychosis
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stonedwookie 10:43 am
10 Jan 13
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yes we already know this poindexter you could of just checked google amphetamine psychosis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stimulant_psychosis
This is common knowledge already it has been for years why are they wasting money on this?

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aceofspades 10:49 am
10 Jan 13
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It took a doctor, colleagues, 278 methamphetamine users and several years research to work that out. Amazing!

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IrishPete 11:45 am
10 Jan 13
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“It seems the symptoms clear up when the drug use ends too.” but only for nine out of 10 of users. The other 10% presumably experienced ongoing psychotic symptoms.

I’ve often thought we should make Ice illegal. Oh, I forgot, it is illegal. Well that worked well then. Maybe it’s time to try a new strategy instead of the failed “War on Drugs”.

The reason for wasting money on the research is probably to try and get governments to take it seriously, which they still fail to do. Prisons and psychiatric hospitals are full of Ice users, and many members of the public have been victims of violence from people high on Ice, or committing serious crime to get money for Ice. The money spent on this research would pale into insignificance compared with the cost to society of Ice use.

IP

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Jim Jones 11:52 am
10 Jan 13
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There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

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chewy14 12:05 pm
10 Jan 13
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Jim Jones said :

There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

Is the subtle difference funding?

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Spiral 12:12 pm
10 Jan 13
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“Dr Rebecca McKetin, of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, and colleagues tracked 278 methamphetamine – commonly known as ice – users “

““People describe being followed, spied on – they will take down the number plate of every car behind them, spend hours searching for bugging devices in their homes, and some won’t leave the house because they think that people are waiting for them outside,”

Apparently when these ice users tried to catch the people they thought were following them, those people vanished somewhere in the ANU!

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astrojax 12:30 pm
10 Jan 13
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chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

Is the subtle difference funding?

well, you could just believe everything you read on the internet…

one suspects the funding goes to someone with proven credentials to actually prove (or disprove, as is often enough the case) ‘accepted norms’ and other proposed theories. good system, really.

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Jim Jones 12:40 pm
10 Jan 13
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chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

Is the subtle difference funding?

Yes, the only difference between science and common belief is money.

Also climate change is a scam and 911 was a massive conspiracy … also the moon landing never happened, and evolution is wrong because God created the earth and such.

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NoAddedMSG 1:05 pm
10 Jan 13
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The Sydney Morning Herald article gives a clear reason for why this research is significant. A lot of the existing research shows correlation not causation (meaning that it could be that psycotic people take ice or it could be that people who take ice end up with psycosis). This study specifically looked at causation, and over a longer period of time than usual.

It is relatively easy to prove correlation, proving causation takes a lot longer and so by the time you get the research out all the people who can’t distinguish between causation and correlation get on their high horses about “we already knew this” when actually we didn’t know this for sure, we just strongly suspected.

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chewy14 3:21 pm
10 Jan 13
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Jim Jones said :

chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

Is the subtle difference funding?

Yes, the only difference between science and common belief is money.

Also climate change is a scam and 911 was a massive conspiracy … also the moon landing never happened, and evolution is wrong because God created the earth and such.

Damn.

I thought I might get a few bigger bites.

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Jim Jones 4:12 pm
10 Jan 13
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chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

Is the subtle difference funding?

Yes, the only difference between science and common belief is money.

Also climate change is a scam and 911 was a massive conspiracy … also the moon landing never happened, and evolution is wrong because God created the earth and such.

Damn.

I thought I might get a few bigger bites.

You need better bait.

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Roundhead89 4:33 pm
10 Jan 13
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aceofspades said :

It took a doctor, colleagues, 278 methamphetamine users and several years research to work that out. Amazing!

Look, I don’t want to jump onto the University of East Bumcrack bandwagon but it is almost impossible when they keep coming out with crap like this.

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bikhet 4:51 pm
10 Jan 13
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NoAddedMSG said :

The Sydney Morning Herald article gives a clear reason for why this research is significant. A lot of the existing research shows correlation not causation (meaning that it could be that psycotic people take ice or it could be that people who take ice end up with psycosis). This study specifically looked at causation, and over a longer period of time than usual.

It is relatively easy to prove correlation, proving causation takes a lot longer and so by the time you get the research out all the people who can’t distinguish between causation and correlation get on their high horses about “we already knew this” when actually we didn’t know this for sure, we just strongly suspected.

The research doesn’t, and doesn’t claim to, show causation – in part because no causal mechanism is proposed. It does, however, investigate several factors that indicate that causation is likely.

It’s interesting that the odds ratios for methamphetamine combined with either alcohol or cannabis are similar.

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wildturkeycanoe 7:29 pm
10 Jan 13
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If the ANU can track 278 ice users, why can’t the AFP do the same, get these folks off the drugs and then the dealers won’t have anyone to sell to? Problem solved. No more psychosis, no more needle exchanges, no more drug related crime etc. Why can users like these be protected for years from prosecution when it is OBVIOUS that they are not only breaking the law but supporting even worse cretins [suppliers]???
And all this is done by supposedly “educated” people earning big dollars. Why does nearly everything that comes out of the ANU make me just want to scream “Duh, I knew that already….”?

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bundah 8:28 pm
10 Jan 13
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Jim Jones said :

chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

chewy14 said :

Jim Jones said :

There’s a subtle difference between peer-reviewed scientific evidence and “everyone knows”.

Is the subtle difference funding?

Yes, the only difference between science and common belief is money.

Also climate change is a scam and 911 was a massive conspiracy … also the moon landing never happened, and evolution is wrong because God created the earth and such.

Damn.

I thought I might get a few bigger bites.

You need better bait.

Outmaneuvered hook line and sinker.

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