The drug Ice or methamphetamine is turning out to be a big challenge for law enforcement officials in Australia, and a positive threat to health. Studying the figures from the last decade, lock-ups /arrests due to possession of ice have gone up by more than 250 per cent.
Yet, despite this entire hullabaloo, scientists have not been able to 'break the ice' and bridge the gap in medical research that is still unclear about the link between this drug and violent psychosis.
AdvertisementBeaver Hudson, a consultant nurse in emergency psychiatry at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital, explained that while scientists grope for the confirmed link, the behavior of patients in casualty wards is a tell-tale evidence of the link between this drug and violence." It would be erroneous to say there's no causal link between methamphetamine and violence because we haven't been able to rule it out," he said.
The drug did influence chemicals in the brain which reflects on how people actually behave. They may experience a surge of strength with a tendency to experience enhanced sensitivity to fear, that may cause them to react the way they do. "It's not because they walk out the door and go and get in a fight, it's because they're afraid," he said. "Their level of irritability and paranoia is raised; they've got this sudden sensation that things aren't quite right. They then either run away or take on the threat."