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Factors associated with professional support access among a prospective cohort of methamphetamine users.

Quinn B, Stoové M, Dietze P
Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne, VIC, 3004, Australia; School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, VIC, 3800, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected]


Encouraging out-of-treatment methamphetamine users who engage in problematic use patterns to initiate access of drug treatment and other health and support services is a key focus of drug policy. We followed a community-recruited cohort (N=255) of regular methamphetamine users in Melbourne, Australia, to investigate patterns of engagement with professional support for methamphetamine use and/or associated harms over 12months. Multivariate logistic regression identified factors independently associated with initiating contact with services during follow-up. Generalised estimating equations identified factors associated with current (at the time of interview) service access. General practitioners were the most common source of professional support during follow-up (24%). Overall, service utilisation was associated with riskier methamphetamine use patterns (e.g., injecting), professional support access for other issues (e.g., mental health), and greater experience of methamphetamine-related harms (e.g., adverse social consequences). These findings provide insights to inform strategies that will improve treatment initiation and retention by methamphetamine users.


  • VMAX: Understanding meth use in Victoria
    To help us better understand what is happening in the community with meth use, Burnet is undertaking this study of 800 people who use meth n Melbourne and regional Victoria.


  • Journal: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Published: 21/03/2013
  • Volume: 45
  • Issue: 2
  • Pagination: 235-241


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