World first trial in Perth will test a cure for methamphetamine addiction – Mornings

A Perth doctor will lead a world first trial testing a cure for addiction to methamphetamine.

It involves the drug, Baclofen, a muscle relaxant which has been used to treat spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and strokes since the 1970’s.

Baclofen has also been found to ease cravings in alcoholics and cocaine addicts.

Only 18 carefully selected people will be taking part in the Perth trial which is being headed by WA Health emergency medicine specialist Dr Amanda Stafford.

She said there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests high doses of Baclofen can ease cravings for methamphetamine.

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