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Growing old with ice: a review of the potential consequences of methamphetamine abuse in Australian older adults


Searby, A and Maude, P and McGrath, I, Growing old with ice: a review of the potential consequences of methamphetamine abuse in Australian older adults, Journal of Addictions Nursing, 26, (2) pp. 93-98. ISSN 1088-4602 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 International Nurses Society on Addictions

DOI: doi:10.1097/JAN.0000000000000076


This review analyzes contemporary literature in the context of Australian aging methamphetamine users, service response, and challenges to provision of care to this population. The article focuses on Australian literature with comparisons made with trends arising from international scholarship. Searches of the CINAHL, ProQuest, and Scopus electronic journal databases were performed in early 2014 as part of a wider study investigating dual diagnosis in older adults. Methamphetamine abuse is common in individuals with comorbid mental illness. The literature presented in this review outlines potential neuropsychological and persistent psychiatric sequelae associated with the use of methamphetamine, along with a number of concerning behaviors prevalent in individuals with comorbid human immunodeficiency virus-positive status. Despite an abundance of literature discussing methamphetamine use in adult populations, this is the first review exploring methamphetamine use in the context of aging and older adult mental health. Contemporary literature suggests that methamphetamine dependence will be a significant challenge for services that cater to older adults, requiring further research to fully assess the impact this cohort will have on the healthcare system.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:drug treatment, dual diagnosis, methamphetamine, older adults, substance use disorder
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Maude, P (Professor Phillip Maude)
ID Code:105957
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-21
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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