Meth-amphetamine-related deaths in Australia
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive substance that has caused serious public health problems globally. There is emerging evidence of serious long-term effects of amphetamine use, including depression, anxiety, psychosis and memory disturbance.
Methamphetamines have also contributed to a clinically significant number of deaths in Australia between 2000 and 2005. A study examining methamphetamine-related fatalities in Australia between in this period found that, of the 371 identified cases of methamphetamine-related deaths; methamphetamine was the only drug contributing to the deaths in almost 1 in 5 cases. The study also found that just over half (51%) of the cases were due to combined drug toxicity and cardiovascular complications, or disease arising from or complicated by methamphetamine use that was the direct cause of death in 14% of the cases. Cerebrovascular complications, such as cerebral haemorrhage, seizures and hypoxic brain damage in association with methamphetamine toxicity, was concluded the direct cause of death in 6% of cases. Read more about the study.