Associate Professor Rebecca McKetin is a Curtin Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the National Drug Research Institute. Rebecca’s research has focussed on methamphetamine (‘ice’ or ‘crystal meth’), for which she has received an NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award. Her major achievements include developing methods to estimate the number of people dependent on methamphetamine use in Australia, establishing a world-first longitudinal treatment outcomes study for methamphetamine use (the Methamphetamine Treatment Evaluation Study), quantifying the risk of mental health problems associated with the use of the drug, and developing an online intervention for people who use methamphetamine (Breaking the Ice).
Take Home Points:
• Methamphetamine users reveal three symptom factors; affective, psychotic, and stimulation.
• People in rehab who smoke or eat meth, but not injectors, have much better outcomes when combined with individual counselling.
• Treatment advice is becoming available online which reduces stigmatisation and is free.