Breaking Point: Ice & Methamphetamine
- : Perth WA 6000
Ice and methamphetamine have become significant drugs of concern for nurses and other health professionals. These concerns are not just related to health issues but also extend to personal protection and other significant social impacts. Attend this conference to be informed about the evidence and the facts underpinning these drugs. Understand how recovery is possible. Topics include:
- A personal story of addiction and recovery
- What effects do ice and methamphetamines have on the body and the mind?
- Safety when dealing with people on ice
- Managing withdrawal and recovery
- Moving from denial to action - practical advice to tailor interventions
- How to support families and communities affected by ice
Don’t miss this important conference! Book now!Schedule
CHAIRPERSON: CRAIG MALONEY
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
8:30Registration and Enjoy a Refreshing Drink
Stuart FentonMy Experience - A Personal Story of Addiction & Recovery
The experience of ice and methamphetamine use is life-changing and commonly results in addiction. The journey off the substance is complex but possible. This introductory session tells the story of a personal journey from recreational drug taking to full blown addiction and eventual rehabilitation. In-so-doing, it reveals what is involved in withdrawal from ice use and the type of support a person is likely to need along this journey.
- Getting ‘hooked’ on a drug - an incremental decline
- Accepting the fact that you are an addict
- Getting off meth - a different process to heroin withdrawal
- How long did it take for sustained withdrawal and what happened in this process?
- What support was required?
- What needs worked after the withdrawal process to sustain abstinence?
Craig MaloneyIce and Methamphetamine - What Type of Social Problem is This?
Ice and methamphetamine have become significant drugs of concern for nurses and other health professionals in recent years. These concerns are not just about health but also extend to personal protection and other significant social impacts. This session looks at the background issues that have enabled these drugs to take hold and considers evidence about their use. Finally, it discusses the importance of removing fear from the conversation if people are to be genuinely assisted with their addiction. Includes:
- Why is meth such an issue of concern?
- How extensive is its use in the community?
- Why are variations in purity so significant?
- What is the impact of the media on community perceptions and are they helpful?
11:00 MORNING TEA
Dr Rod BrownShard, Meth, Crystal - What Is It?
There has never been a street drug quite like ice and methamphetamine. The physiological, social, emotional and community effects of this substance have been widely reported in the media. This session looks at the effect that ice and other stimulants have on the human body. Includes:
- What are meth and ice and how do they differ from other stimulants?
- How are they taken into the body and how does the body react?
- What are the physiological effects on the body?
- Cardiovascular and respiratory effects
- Renal, metabolic and fluid balance effects
- Changes to the skin and appearance
- Impact on normal homeostasis
- How does ice react to other substances - prescribed and non-prescribed?
Craig MaloneyInsights into the Psychological Effects of Ice and Methamphetamines
Ice/methamphetamine are psychoactive drugs and as such have an impact on brain function. Although this differs between individuals they can cause effects such as depression and even profound psychosis. This will looks at the types of mental health dysfunctions that result from this drug’s use. Includes:
- What are the symptoms of psychosis?
- Who are most at risk for developing psychosis?
- What interventions are required during a psychotic episode?
- Does the psychosis automatically resolve when the drugs are withdrawn?
- Can the use of ice/meth trigger schizophrenia?
- When are people most at risk for developing feelings of depression?
1:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Angela O’ConnorImpact of Ice and Methamphetamine on the Unborn Baby
Much debate has centred around the potential that more babies may be born who are addicted to this drug. Compounding this, other toxins such as cigarette smoke are known to also significantly affect the embryo. This can cause untold damage to the unborn baby as research indicates meth addicts may likely be heavy smokers. This session looks at:
- What is known about the impact of ice on the unborn baby and how does this compare with other illicit substances?
- How is this likely to affect their long term function?
- What impact do other toxins have on the baby?
- What does this all mean for prognosis?
- What can nurses and other health practitioners do to avert this tragedy?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Janice Foulkes-TaylorSupporting Families - The Impact of ‘Using’ on the WA Community
The impact of ice and methamphetamine use is now well known to extend beyond the person using this drug. Families and communities across Australia are touched by the devastating effects of ice and methamphetamine. Nurses and other health professionals must be able to consider the family and community impacts of this drug when working with people affected by ice. As such, this session looks at:
- What is known about the psychosocial impact of ice and methamphetamine on families and the community?
- How have economical and occupational changes contributed to this issue in Western Australia?
- What are practical ways in which you can help families break down communication barriers and discuss drug use openly?
- How can you assist families to access useful resources to help deal with the consequences that may arise as a result of the drug use?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: CRAIG MALONEY
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Brenda JonesManaging People Affected by Ice in ED - A Nursing Perspective
While alcohol remains the substance most commonly seen in alcohol and other drug-related presentations to the Emergency Department, there is a need to understand how nurses can improve outcomes for those affected by crystal methamphetamine. This session will provide an overview of the important nursing considerations relating to crystal methamphetamine use in Emergency Departments. Includes:
- Why may a person affected by Ice present to ED?
- What are the signs and symptoms of crystal methamphetamine use?
- Nursing assessment and management considerations of a patient affected by crystal methamphetamine
- Assessing sedative requirements in patients with acute severe behavioural disturbance relating to methamphetamine use
Craig MaloneySafety When Dealing With People On Ice
Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This session discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:
- What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ICE)?
- How do you protect:
- The person
- The public
- How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
- Body language and personal safety to stay safe and reduce need for chemical and physical restraints
11:00 MORNING TEA
Lorraine FinlayThe Law and Methamphetamine Use
Because ice and methamphetamine are illegal AND highly addictive substances associated with criminal origins there are many legal concerns. This session considers the following:
- What the law surrounding methamphetamines?
- Can a person be forced into treatment for their addiction and if so will such coercion work?
- Situations where mandatory reporting apply
- What happens when a nurse is found to be an occasional user of ice or methamphetamines?
- Criminal law surrounding protection and prevention
Craig Maloney“I’m not an Addict” - Moving from Denial to Action
The portrayal of ice/methamphetamine use in society can create a sense of denial about the possibility that recovery is possible. The psychology involved in making the decision to stop using drugs can be a very tumultuous and difficult process. However, understanding the trajectory of use of a particular client means that practical interventions offered are likely to resonate with the client and may initiate change. This session will consider:
- Why is it vital to understand one’s trajectory of use?
- How may clients with different ages, demographics and who are at different stages of use respond to interventions?
- Practical advice on how to tailor interventions, appropriate referrals and linking of services to the client’s stage to maximise engagement
- How can we as health professionals manage our own frustration if our desire for action is not achieved?
1:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Rod BrownWithdrawal and Recovery - Principles and Process
Successful long term withdrawal and recovery from methamphetamine use is possible. However, this is not usually a linear process and takes time and may involve commitment and flexibility by client and clinician. This session looks at the multifactorial nature of withdrawal and recovery including:
- What differences are there for those who use stimulants occasionally or recreationally compared to those who use stimulants frequently or are dependent?
- How is it best to manage concurrent withdrawal and recovery from methamphetamines and other substances (such as, alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis, GHB, opiates)?
- How do prescribed medications impact on use, reduced use, withdrawal and recovery?
- How do we manage anxiety, depression and other psychological changes in withdrawal and recovery
- How do we facilitate ongoing harm minimisation and relapse prevention?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Brenda JonesHarm Reduction and Healing
Harm reduction is a widely accepted and long standing principle that acknowledges that preventing all people from taking drugs is not achievable. Instead, there is the potential to improve health outcomes for people taking drugs by assisting them to maintain health and prevent complications of ‘using’. This final session will take you through a range of practical evidence-based strategies relating to harm reduction for those affected by ice and methamphetamine. Includes:
- How does a rational, integrated approach to harm minimisation work to reduce death, disease and social problems?
- How can nurses and other front-line workers respond effectively to the needs of those with problematic ice and methamphetamine use?
- How to establish a good professional relationship with a person who uses ice
- The role of needle and syringe programs and medically supervised injecting centres
- Is there any merit in encouraging users to smoke rather than inject?
- How to refer and what resources are available?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Ice is a growing concern for Australian nurses and other healthcare professionals. It is destructive for health, families and communities, and creates a raft of medical, psychological and social problems. Nurses and other health professionals are increasingly exposed to people who are affected by this drug, but often without really understanding the health issues involved. It is important that nurses have access to correct evidence-based information about these substances and the management of those affected by them.Purpose of Program
The purpose of this conference is to inform nurses and other professionals about the illicit drugs ice and methamphetamine, including their effects on people, the community and how recovery can be achieved.Your learning outcomes:
Use evidence-based knowledge about ice/methamphetamine to create a safe environment for all concerned
Understand the ramifications of ice/methamphetamine use in the community and how to implement methods of harm reduction in your health setting
Know the principles of rehabilitation and recovery, and apply evidence-based approaches to assist sustained abstinence
Refer people using ice/methamphetamine appropriately and align your healthcare with statewide strategiesPresenters
Craig Maloney has an impressive background which includes a Master of Mental Health Nursing and graduate qualifications in Child Adolescent ... Read More
Stuart Fenton is a Cyan Gestalt therapist and counsellor and also a recovered drug addict whose primary drug of choice ... Read More
Dr Rod Brown has worked in Drug and Alcohol for the last 14 years and at specialist level for the ... Read More
Angela O’Connor is the Clinical Midwifery Consultant Midwifery Manager of the Women and Newborn Drug and Alcohol Service (WANDAS). Angela ... Read More
Janice Foulkes-Taylor has a Bachelor of Social Work from Curtin University and has over 20 years of experience. Whilst she ... Read More
Brenda Jones (BHlthScN, Grad Dip (Addiction Studies), is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency Department (E.D.) in ... Read More
Lorraine Finlay started her legal career at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (WA), working as a State ... Read More