METH IN THE MEDIA

June 12, 2015

METH IN THE MEDIA

While there continues to be community concern around the use of methamphetamine ("ice") there are growing numbers of media reports that are not based on fact.  A recent example which gained global media coverage was the incorrect report from the News Ltd press "Ice addict 'gouged out eyes and ate them'".  These types of incorrect reports increase fear in the community, and leads to  inappropriate responses to methamphetamine use.  It is important that youth and health workers don't contribute to these incorrect reports, and instead provide information to media outlets based on facts.  When fear and stigma around illicit drug use increases in the community, it leads to families feeling disempowered and people who use drugs less likely to present for treatment.


Find out about the recent incorrect media reports here at ABC Media Watch


Read "Dealing with the stigma of drugs: A guide for journalists" for information on responsible media reporting of alcohol and other drug issues.