- Stimulant used to treat ADHD in kids is touted as a cure for addiction’
- 180 regular ice users will be recruited by Sydney researchers to test drug lisdex
- The trial will determine if cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be reduced
- Suggested amount is more than 3 times the amount prescribed for ADHD in kids
The answer to Australia’s ice epidemic may be nestled in a stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
180 regular crystal methamphetamine users will be recruited by Sydney researchers to test – lisdexamfetamine known as lisdex – in the hope of discovering a treatment for severe dependency on the horrific drug and find a cure for addiction.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Drug Strategy Household Survey 6.3% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used meth/amphetamines one or more times in their life.
180 regular crystal methamphetamine users will be recruited by Sydney researchers to test lisdex in the hope of discovering a treatment for severe dependency on the horrific drug and find the ‘miracle cure for addiction’.
The world-first trial is set to determine if cravings and withdrawal symptoms can be reduced by using high doses of the drug lisdex.
Expanding over 2-years, the trial will be conducted at four treatment centres in Sydney’s Darlinghurst and Mt Druitt, Newcastle and Adelaide.
The suggested amount is more than three times the amount prescribed for ADHD in kids (70mg) and will be administered in a once-a-day tablet form.
In comparison to ice, lisdex is long-acting in the bloodstream and has a slow onset throughout the day which should relieve symptoms of withdrawal that trigger the desire to use ice.
The suggested amount of lisdex for reducing ice cravings and withdrawal symptons is more than three times the amount prescribed for ADHD in kids (70mg) and will be administered in a once-a-day tablet form.
Whilst other medications have been trialed before, lisdex acts in the same way that people may use nicotine replacement therapy to not smoke cigarettes .
The trial first surfaced in 2015 and finally began last week to help combat Australia’s ice-epidemic that isn’t helped by the low-cost of the drug.
During the 19-week trial, a comparison between two groups will occur after one group get a placebo while the other group will get 250mg of lisdex.
Clinical director at St Vincent’s Hospital drug and alcohol services Dr Nadine Ezard, told The Sunday telegraph: ‘The treatment would benefit the increasing number of serious ice users who seek help as a last resort,’
‘We want them to come forward before they run into problems,’
‘We have some people who had been using for decades before they sought help.’
The trial was first surfaced in 2015 and finally began last week to help combat Australia’s ice-epidemic that isn’t helped by the low-cost of the drug.
ICE FACT SHEET
WHAT IS ICE?
Ice is a stimulant drug that speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. Ice comes in clear crystal like chunks but also white/brownish crystal-like powder
HOW IS ICE USED?
Generally smoked or injected and the effects can be felt in 3 to 7 seconds
The non-conventional approach is thought to be useful as traditional drug and alcohol support services already in place have not been catering to the needs of ice users.
Drug treatment specialist Dr Rebecca McKetin from the Australian National University told the ABC: ‘Our traditional services are very much around providing psychosocial care and they’re very generic across a range of drugs,’
‘But they’re largely targeting people who use opioids and alcohol, so a lot of people who use methamphetamines don’t see these services as necessarily catering to their needs.’