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Flinders database charts damaging impact of ‘ice’

Growth in the use of methamphetamine drugs is straining the resources of Australia’s ambulance services and hospital emergency departments, according to a study by Flinders University in South Australia.

Flinders has launched the most comprehensive national database on the social, legal and health impacts of addiction to methamphetamines, known as ice.

It shows more than 7 per cent of Australians have taken these drugs, and that drug use is particularly high among unemployed men in rural areas.

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