New Trial To Help Combat Ice Addiction

25 September 2018

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to fight the terrible harm caused by the drug ice with a Victorian first trial aimed at helping people with a methamphetamine addiction.

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today announced a trial to test the effect of lisdexamfetamine or ‘lisdex’ in reducing methamphetamine use in those who are addicted to the drug.

Lisdex is a stimulant medication commonly used for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is thought the drug may also help in the fight against ice by reducing cravings and minimising unpleasant withdrawal symptoms for those addicted to methamphetamine.

Research to date suggests that substitution therapies, such as nicotine patches for tobacco smoking and methadone for heroin dependence, are the most promising methods of treating severe addiction.

The trial will be run by Turning Point, Australia’s leading national addiction treatment and research centre.

Twenty-five Victorians are expected to take part in the study as part of a wider national trial, with outcomes expected to be reported in late 2019.

All participants will receive counselling treatment for methamphetamine use throughout the trial.

The Andrews Labor Government has made record investments in the alcohol and other drug sector – providing a record $259.9 million this year alone and increasing funding services by 57 per cent over the last four Budgets.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley

“We’re looking at new, innovative ways to help people kick their drug addiction once and for all.”

“This trial could be an absolute game-changer – offering non-invasive treatment to what has become one of the most dangerous and prolific drugs in our community.”

“Whether it’s through doubling residential rehabilitation beds, grassroots prevention programs or innovative trials like this, we’re helping more Victorians get effective drug and alcohol treatment faster and closer to home.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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