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West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said West Australia has the “worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country”. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Full response from Mark McGowan on methamphetamine use in Western Australia

West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan's responded to The Conversation's request for sources and comment regarding our FactCheck on methamphetamine usage rates in Western Australia.
Ice Wars invokes fear and stigma - both of which are very unhelpful in battling drug dependence. Screen Shot/ABC website

‘Ice Wars’ message is overblown and unhelpful

Without doubt, crystal methamphetamine, like many drugs (including alcohol) is capable of causing immense harm. But when facts are distorted to create fear and stigma it helps no one.
“Bath salts,” or synthetic street drugs with amphetamines. Via DEA. DEA

Flakka is a dangerous drug, but it doesn’t turn you into a zombie

Flakka was believed to be behind two cannibalistic attacks in Florida that left one man blind and a married couple dead. It wasn't so. Here's why we need facts, not myths, about dangerous drugs.
Our current focus on the drug ice takes the spotlight away from the harms of excessive alcohol use, which is actually a bigger problem in Australia. Photographer/Flickr

Focus on illicit drugs puts Australia’s drinking problem on ice

Alcohol-related violence is a much bigger problem in Australia than the harms of illicit drugs but we tend to overlook the former because the latter gets more headlines.
Instead, we need to adopt a harm-minimisation approach. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Awareness campaigns need to target the real victims of ice

International evidence suggests "awareness" campaigns are not the best way to address harmful methamphetamine use. Fear-based approaches can increase stigma and drive people from treatment.
Only a small proportion of Australians who use methamphetamines fall into a category of dependent users. Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Political fear-mongering just magnifies the harm ice can do

There is no doubt methamphetamine can cause harm. But when politicians hijack drug issues and overplay them for political purposes, that too can cause harm.

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