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Ice Age

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Ratings: 6.78/10 from 36 users.

Ice AgeIt's cheap, highly addictive and ultra-powerful. Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is now more popular than heroin. It plays havoc with the minds and the bodies of addicts, filling emergency wards with dangerous, psychotic patients. But little is known about the long-term effects of the drug or even how to treat the addiction.This documentary reports on the hidden, growing epidemic.

Methamphetamine has medical uses as well as the potential to cause addiction. Methamphetamine addiction typically occurs when a person begins to use the drug as a stimulant, for its powerful enhancing effects on sex, mood and energy, alertness and ability to concentrate, and weight loss and appetite suppression, among its other psychological and physical effects.

Over time tolerance develops, and users have greater difficulty functioning and experiencing pleasure than they did before, which persists indefinitely due to neurotoxicity produced by methamphetamine in long-term recovered addicts.

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6 years ago

Any ex- meth addicts comenting here?. Just curious.

Dan Ly Hau
8 years ago

What has the government done?? What are they doing about it?

9 years ago

um yeah... this guys is tripping this drug is by no means cheap. propaganda at its finest.. not saying that this drug has the potential to ruin anyones life........... just like the good legal drugs alcohol and prescription drug that docs pass around.

cindy manoog
11 years ago

Breaking Bad.

11 years ago

would like an update on those people now. :/

12 years ago

There was once a junky got high and made racial remarks about me on the train (I live in Sydney and I believe they're in Redfern). These people constantly receives allowance from Centrelink and Centrelink receives their money from tax payers.

I used to question the use of my tax money because I believe it can be better used on prison or forced rehab center for these people. But the sad fact is unless we violate human rights, there is nothing we can do. In addition, if we stop paying these people, we will have a much higher crime rate than before.

To me, watching this documentary is not a shock at all because I travel through Western Suburbs and City every day and you see these people every day..

12 years ago

aw, man, forget it, I didn't watch long enough, its explained right after..

12 years ago

Why is Jason on Buprenorphine therapy, Crystal meth is not an opiate?? Is he on heroin as well? I didn't hear that mentioned at all..

12 years ago

The only thing preventing these addicts from overdosing is lack of money. They need less free payouts instead of more. And treating drug addiction with more drugs does not work.

@karenep: I totally support all that you said. Your critics are just convicted of the same sins you justly reproved in others. Way to go!

12 years ago

oops @ ryan s was supposed to be @ audiophile. sorry ryan!

12 years ago

@ wantsum > Crystal meth has been around since 1995 in Oz? I used to be a hardcore raver back then and all i recall was powder speed. I thought the ice came a bit later than that, but i could be wrong.

@ryan s > Yes the picture on this vid is small, it was much clearer when it was broadcast on tv many years ago.

@ian and graham > regarding the tooth rot factor, that also happens to crack addicts who smoke too much crack, again mainly in the usa, but we are starting to see the problems here too now, with so many meth addicts and so many smoking it daily and more than once a day alot we are seeing many problems with meth mouth, it will only get worse as so many are getting addicted to this drug, the most addictive drug in the world. And it's got no natural properties in it, it's all horrible stuff like battery acid and drain cleaner and other yucky things. No wonder it drives people insane.

12 years ago

the quality of this video was so bad that I could barely make out what was going on. Is there another source or am I doing something wrong? Thanks for your help and THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH FOR MAINTAINING THIS SITE!!!

ryan g
12 years ago

Roxy! very nice choice of words to karenep.

so karenep......

i came from a broken home where drugs were a regular thing on the kitchen table...
So that means i have a drug problem and my 15 year old daughter is going to have 1 as well..... well i guess i should quit my 150k a year job (MASTER ELECTRICIAN IN ALBERTA CANADA)
and start doing drugs, vulgar language and i guess i should send my daughter amongst the wolves. as i don't care for my family!
what a outlook on life you must have... go back to your cave and draw on the wall.. we will let you know when they invent the wheel!!!

12 years ago

@ karenep.......I never involve myself in these conversations, or better yet arguments for the fact that I see them as such a waste of time and energy but in this case I couldn't help myself so here's a little tip for you..Before you publicly go on to put other people down and raise yourself onto a pedestal in regards to a subject you have absolutely no knowledge on, PLEASE use spell check or at least double ( maybe triple ) check your comments. It's spelled, and pronounced, LEARNED not learnt. Unfortunately your entire credibility is dismissed when you show your 3rd grade level of writing and spelling. And since you show such obvious disgust and hatred toward addicts maybe you should stick to documentaries that are happy and cheerful and hopefully, in your case, educational.

12 years ago

To wanstsum.

I'm with you.

Unfortunately, because the group of users you describe do not present themesleves as problems to society, they're not deemed 'news worthy'. Furthermore, if they were to tell their stories in a similar fashion to this they would probably end up loosing their respectable places in society.

12 years ago

this clip is nothing like myself. Ive used this drug for 15 years and i brush 2x a day, eat 3 meals a day, and sleep everynight. there is a different group of users that are fuctioning meth users. im a smoker but know others who put in there coffee instead. I know doctors, restate agents, insurance brokers, dentists, child psy, nurses for er. all of which keep there drug habits in check. i think most people dont think its possible but it is. We all function on this drug at our work. and in our lives.we just dont let it over power whats more important. I dont choose to get high over my responsiblites. i never miss work, or steal from my job, and wouldnt let it make or break me. i can go days, weeks, and months with out it. ive even done years of being sober. which was a personal choice to stop. its just get more enjoyment out of doing things when im high.

12 years ago

In answer to the dentistry question
- We have a slighty better public and private health systems over here. It doesn't cost as much to see a dentist.
Other factors could be the availability of different types of food, living conditions and even the types of advertising and level of awareness in regard to other health issues. However this seemes to document the use of ice intravenously.

13 years ago

This is a great vid from 4 corners.
No bulls^it with the ABC!
It freaks me out ... the lifestyle you can end up with, after attempting in the first instance to have a good time!

13 years ago

Yo vlatko :D

Is it just me, or does the video quit at 15 minutes or so..?
Maybe some anti-embed thingy Joost may have gotten this month, could you look into it (cause it's a great docu).


13 years ago

Oh yeah, meth addicts usually don't worry themselves with the topic of sleeping on the streets. This is because they don't sleep much...anywhere.

13 years ago

Yes, smoking meth is mostly where the tooth decay comes from. The chemicals swirl around the teeth again and again. The mouth produces less saliva, leaving the mouth with high acidity levels. Not eating for days on end is harmful to teeth as well, plus when people are high on meth they don't usually brush their teeth.

13 years ago

This documentary reiterated that there are no benefits of a life in drugs. Drug addicts seem to be in the world of dismal and gloom. They don't have peace and joy in their lives and are pathetic. They are selfish individuals who don't care about their families and society. I learnt one thing, a life of vices/sin can only reproduce more vices/sin e.g. vulgar language, drinking, smoking, fornication, illegitimate children, not holding a job, committing crimes, filthy homes etc. Best not to be a fool and get into this demonic bondage!

13 years ago

That's one thing I was also wondering about.. Perhaps it just wasn't shown graphically like the US documentary or Aussies know to take better care of their teeth and drink plenty of water while "skating". I thought also the factor that none of those people were driven to sleeping on the streets and deprived of having and home and money for neccessities. Or maybe shooting up meth instead of smoking it has a better effect on your teeth?

13 years ago

This doc shows how the effects of certain hard narcotics will DESTROY your sense of self preservation as well as a persons natural ability to judge 'normal,' from insane. It's a drug in a class all it's own. Methamphetamine is more corrosive than any other drug I've ever seen documented. I still wonder how the Aussies get away w/o having the severe dental problems the crystal users have in the US. Is the difference in hygiene or the ingredients of the drug.

13 years ago

Wow this is a great documentary to scare you out of doing ice. I had a weekly habit a few years ago and still crave the drug but this was a good wake up call to show me the spiral I could slip in to if I pick up that old lifestyle again.