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Trends in treatment episodes for methamphetamine smoking and injecting in Australia, 2003-2019

McKetin, R, Chrzanowska, A, Man, N, Peacock, A ORCID: 0000-0002-5705-2026, Sutherland, R and Degenhardt, L 2021 , 'Trends in treatment episodes for methamphetamine smoking and injecting in Australia, 2003-2019' , Drug and Alcohol Review , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1111/dar.13258.

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Introduction: We examined trends in Australian treatment episodes for smoking and injecting methamphetamine from 2003 to 2019.Methods: Data from the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment National Minimum Data Set, where amphetamines were the principal drug of concern, were analysed from 2003 to 2019. Rates were calculated per 100 000 population aged 10-100 years. Joinpoint software was used to identify changepoints and estimate the annual percentage change (APC) in the rate of treatment episodes. Treatment episode characteristics were compared for smoking versus injecting in 2019.Results: The rate of treatment episodes for methamphetamine increased from 77 to 262 per 100 000 population between 2003 and 2019 (average APC 8%, P Discussion and conclusions: Increased methamphetamine treatment episodes in Australia since 2003 are due mostly to smoking the drug, this occurring among younger cohort who receive less substantive treatment than clients who inject methamphetamine.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McKetin, R and Chrzanowska, A and Man, N and Peacock, A and Sutherland, R and Degenhardt, L
Keywords: methamphetamine, treatment, Australia, smoking, injecting
Journal or Publication Title: Drug and Alcohol Review
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0959-5236
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/dar.13258
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