A study into a cure for methamphetamine addiction will be carried out in Perth by emergency medicine specialist Dr Amanda Stafford in a world first trial.
Dr Stafford is researching the use of the drug Baclofen as a substitute for methamphetamine cravings. Baclofen is a muscle relaxant drug licensed in the 1970s to help treat patients with multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other muscle issues.
The Baclofen pill costs just $1 a day and thus far, has been proven effective in treating alcoholism and cocaine addiction, however, Dr Stafford is determined to further investigate its benefits.
“Anecdotal evidence suggests that Baclofen in higher doses can be helpful for meth addiction,” Dr Stafford told Perth Now.
“If you like meth then you’ll keep using it, but for others, when the party’s over and they take stock of what they’re losing and they really want to get off meth, this (Baclofen) might be something that will help them succeed.”
The study, which could take up to a year, aims to prove that Baclofen could not only cure methamphetamine addiction, but could shorten the amount of time it takes to rehabilitate.
“For people who have been sliding downwards but still have a skerrick of normality, they may simply need a craving modification drug such as Baclofen which will allow them to rebuild the life they had.”
It is important to note that Baclofen is a prescription medication and should not be taken unless advised by a medical professional.
If you are concerned about your own wellbeing, are experiencing alcohol or drug addiction, or are concerned about someone else, contact the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at www.druginfo.adf.org.au.