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Meth deaths double as doctors insist alcohol is problem

Australian doctors have called out the government for its 'disappointing' focus on the ice epidemic over the more serious abuse of other drugs.

A new report released Wednesday by the Australian Medical Association says the government are prioritising methamphetamine, with figures showing users of the drug have doubled between 2009 and 2015.

However, the AMA say legislation against ice is leaving the greater issue of alcohol abuse 'severely under-resourced.'

There have been 1649 deaths related to methamphetamine in the same time period, and only 1.4 per cent of the population over the age of 14 have used the drug. 

Australian doctors have called out the government for its 'disappointing' focus on the ice epidemic over the more serious abuse of other drugs, particularly alcohol

Australian doctors have called out the government for its 'disappointing' focus on the ice epidemic over the more serious abuse of other drugs, particularly alcohol

A new report released Wednesday by the Australian Medical Association says the government are prioritising methamphetamine, with figures showing users of the drug have doubled between 2009 and 2015

A new report released Wednesday by the Australian Medical Association says the government are prioritising methamphetamine, with figures showing users of the drug have doubled between 2009 and 2015

The AMA report says alcohol has been related to more than 150,000 hospitalisations in the past six years,

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