Changing the way you look at people with substance abuse disorders is a huge step forward to effectively address methamphetamine use in the country.
In an article by Esther Tan for The Sydney Morning Herald, the inquiry into crystal meth use in the country takes the special commission to Lismore. Here, approximately 130 per 100,000 people were charged with meth offences last year.
Lismore councillor, Mr. Eddie Lloyd believes a change in perspective could help everyone understand the popularity of the drug. For one, he suggests that the public and politicians need to change how we regard those with addiction problems.
“Let’s not go to war,” Mr. Lloyd says.
Stigma and Labels Do Not Help
Mr. Lloyd sees meth addiction as a medical condition, and it should we should treat it as such. The stigma of drug addiction and the inflammatory labels are a hindrance to tackle meth abuse in the country. Labels such as “ice addicts,” “junk addicts,” and “meth addicts” to describe those with substance abuse problems do not help.
Mr. Lloyd urges everyone to refer to drug addiction by its diagnostic name: substance use disorder. This, is in an effort to reframe it as a health paradigm and not a criminal paradigm.
“People who experience problematic substance use disorder have backgrounds of trauma and or deprivation and social disadvantage,” he explains.
He adds: “Let’s not go to war with these people. The war on drugs has truly been lost and a therapeutic health and social-focused approach is required to truly address the issues.”
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“Substance Abuse is a Legitimate Health Issue.”
People with substance abuse problems need to understand that they have a sickness. They have to believe that they are trying to get better. And that’s difficult if we treat them like bad people. We have to stop them from thinking that they are bad people.
According to the Australian Medical Association of NSW president Kean-Seng Lim, a substance abuse disorder is a legitimate health issue. Furthermore, they should not be treated differently.
“It’s a chronic brain disease that involves the compulsive or uncontrolled use of one or more substances and that has the potential for relapse as well as recovery,” he adds.
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