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Media Guidelines for Communicating About Crystal Methamphetamine

This resource is by Mindframe and Cracks in the Ice.

These evidence-informed guidelines are designed to assist the media in reporting safely and responsibly on crystal methamphetamine ('ice').

Summary: These evidence-informed guidelines are designed to inform, support and empower media to report safely and responsibly on crystal methamphetamine ('ice') in ways which minimise harm, stigma and discrimination while maximising help-seeking behaviour.

The guidelines include detailed information on:

  • Communicating about someone who uses crystal methamphetamine
  • Helpful ways to communicate about crystal methamphetamine
  • Harmful ways to communicate about crystal methamphetamine
  • Language advice
  • Help-seeking information and services

The guidelines are supported by two brief resources:

  • Myths card: convenient information on some common myths about crystal methamphetamine
  • Language guide: what terms to use when referring to someone who uses crystal methamphetamine

Developers: This resource was developed through a partnership of Mindframe for Alcohol and Other Drugs and Cracks in the Ice, and reviewed by content experts, people with lived experience and media professionals.

Year: 2019

Cost: Free

Evidence baseThis resource has undergone expert review.

Page last reviewed: Tuesday, 20 September 2022