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Hundreds of addicts from Australia are turning to an unconventional and controversial treatment to try to cut their addiction to methamphetamines, or “ice”. The treatment has a 70 percent success rate but addictive medicine specialists are warning that it is not the answer.
The treatment involves surgery to have the drug naltrexone implanted in meth addicts to cut their craving. In Australia, meth is the most commonly used drugs next to marijuana. Each year, more than 300 people with drug problems consent to receive the naltrexone implant from the Fresh Start clinic in the city of Perth. The clinic is run by George O’Neil, one of the few doctors in the area who is willing to install the device. Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist that has been proven to reduce the reward associated with drug use.
“With amphetamine addicts, it just isn’t as enjoyable as it used to be,” on naltrexone. “And so the reward is reduced,” Dr. O’Neil said.
However, naltrexone treatments often run into problems. Drug users intentionally skip doses in order to get high or stop taking the treatment all together. Essentially, the drug addict who desires to get high knows if they stop taking the drug, they can go back to using and feeling high again.
Now, with the implant, this will not be possible. The implant would be surgically placed into the patient’s abdomen which would remove the problem of compliance by slowly releasing naltrexone into the bloodstream maintaining an effective dose at all times.
Many believe the implant has not been proven effective. However Dr. O’Neil argues that is one of the more effective treatments. He argues that the implant has a bad reputation because other clinics provide inferior devices which dispense incorrect doses.
In 2012, three patients addicted to heroin passed away after getting naltrexone implants at a Sydney clinic. The danger of naltrexone is after it is used for a lengthy period of time, a user’s tolerance for opiates will be significantly reduced. When that happens, the chances of an overdose become much higher.
The Jury is Out
So far, The National Health and Medical Research Council’s position on the implants is that further research is needed before a statement on safety can be confidently made. A small study by West Australian addiction expert Gary Hulse is promising. Hulse studied 44 of Dr. O’Neill’s patients and found that 75 percent were not using methamphetamines after 12 to 14 weeks. Hulse believes that the use of naltrexone for meth addicts is sound. However since there has not been any large scale studies, it is still uncertain how effective the implants could be.
Regardless, anything that could be effective in increasing the chance of recovery for addicts is worth examining further. According to a 2013 Nation Drug Strategy Survey, 7 % of the Australian population aged 14 years or older have reported using meth at least once in their lifetime.
Even in the states, meth has become a huge epidemic. People are creating meth in homemade labs. The meth crisis has resulted in many severe injuries, even death. The meth industry has become so huge all over the world that many are resorting to treatment facilities. A Thailand temple offers free treatment to addicts and its patients are most commonalty meth addicts.
Overall, the meth problem needs to be tackled. For many, it is a consuming addiction that takes over their life. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or alcoholism, please call toll-free 1-561-221-1125
In my house, Netflix is our source of watching TV shows or movies; we don’t even have cable TV because Netflix is so much cheaper. Since I really love watching Netflix TV and movies, I thought of a list of the 10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix that other people can enjoy.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: American Addict
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The United States’ desire for prescription drugs is the concentration of this sober documentary, which objects to shine light on a national health predicament. Americans symbolize just 5 percent of the world population but ingest 80 percent of its pharmaceutical drugs.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Using
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This Documentary is about a filmmaker, Zhou Hao, observing the complex connection between two drug addicts who convert into dealers over the progression of three years. Filmed in the city of Guangzhou, the movie offers a uncommon look into China’s unfamiliar heroin subculture.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: National Geographic: World’s Most Dangerous Drug
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National Geographic correspondent Lisa Ling shows why the low-cost, potent and extremely addictive, drug known as meth (or methamphetamine) has been called the world’s most dangerous drug. She charts meth’s impact on America and across the world. Ling travels the earth speaking to those who’ve been affected by the powerful pharmaceutical and inspecting its disturbing power.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Super High Me
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Interested in finding out the true effects of cannabis on the human body? The stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson records his experience as he avoids pot for a month and then uses immense quantities of the drug for 30 days.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: The Union: Business Behind Getting High
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This film searches one of British Columbia’s most lucrative industries: the illegal profession of growing and selling marijuana. There are interviews with law enforcement officials, doctors, celebrities and more on the subject.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Cocaine Cowboys
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This powerful documentary from director Billy Corben explores the many dimensions of Miami’s cocaine-trafficking boom of the 1980s, as told by the smugglers, cops and average citizens who were there. The film is an unflinching study of Miami’s most infamous and fatal vice; from how the drug was moved and its financial effect on the city to the chaos and destruction that shadowed in its wake.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Kurt and Courtney
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This documentary is about Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, the grunge icon who died in 1994 at age 27. The film, directed by Nick Broomfield, maps his growth to fame, his drug-addled relationship with Courtney Love and the conspiracy notions surrounding his demise.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Methadonia
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Captured over the sequence of 18 months on New York City’s Lower East Side, this persistent edition of “America Undercover” brightens the essential flaws of methadone treatment by describing eight addicts in different stages of rehab or relapse.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Cocaine Unwrapped
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The typical drug user has no idea where their cocaine came from, or the effect it has around the world, as exposed in this eye-opening documentary. Heads of state, dealers, drug mules and other key players all speak about the human cost of the cocaine trade.
10 Best Addiction Documentaries on Netflix: Extreme Drug Smuggling
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As a result of the force from the War on Drugs, the world of drug smuggling has profoundly transformed. Today’s cartels now think and act like industries, ever alert for the next big idea and going to extremes to enlarge their markets.
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