Methamphetamine links to violence


A NEW study has identified strong links between methamphetamine use and violent crime.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Fund study compared a sample group of 200 regular users with a group of 200 regular heroin users.

It indicated violence was a major problem among illicit drug users and “meth” use was associated with higher levels of aggressive behaviour.

“There is no question this research has highlighted the dangers that this type of drug addiction poses to the community at large, to police attempting to execute their duties and to the addicts themselves, who not only inflict violence but are also victims of violence,” said NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

“In NSW, we know from our own work with our Mental Health Intervention Team that methamphetamine poses an enormous risk to young people who will commit violent crime and attack our officers. It destroys young lives.”

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