36 minutes | Jun 13, 2019

NAC for Ice Addiction with A/Prof. Olivia Dean

In the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey 1.3million Australians (6.3%) over the age of 14 reported having ever used methamphetamine, with 1.4% reporting recent use, within the previous twelve months. Worse still, of meth/amphetamine users, "ice" is fast becoming the preferred form of the drug, with increases in Australia from 22% to 57% in just 6 years. Ice addiction has been a growing problem in Australia both for users and the wider community impacted by the social and behavioural aspects brought about by the use of the drug. Today we're talking with Associate Prof. Olivia Dean who is part of the team conducting a world first study to determine if N-Acetyl-cysteine (NAC) can reduce the craving for ice and ultimately, help them overcome their addiction. Known as the N-ICE trial, it's taking place right now in centres in Wollongong, Geelong and Melbourne. Olivia shares why they're exploring NAC, how it's being administered and what they hope to achieve with the study. Find todays show notes and transcript here: https://www.fxmedicine.com.au/content/nac-ice-addiction-aprof-olivia-dean *****DISCLAIMER: The information provided on FX Medicine is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health care professional in the event something you learn here raises questions or concerns regarding your health.*****
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