Many communities around the state, particularly rural communities have experienced an alarming rise in the use of the drug ICE, with a resultant increase in associated crime and antisocial behavior.
Peninsula Voice, in response to mainstream media creating hysteria around the impact of this drug and its effects on the community, has assembled an expert panel from state policing, academic research, public health and addiction service providers, to rationally discuss substance abuse and addiction more generally. When armed with real facts and a greater understanding, individuals and community can effect meaningful and long-term change.
Victorian Police Assistant Commissioner, Stephen Fontana delivered a powerful assessment of the state drug culture and the influence of this culture through biker gangs and organized crime. Professor Stephen Bright provided his insights on the emergence of synthetic drugs along with providing a sensible assessment of the available support services. Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) Julie Rae, provided information on how this environment can change powered by better information. Victorian Alcohol and Other Drugs Manager David Kelly also provided advice on available local resources and support services.
Local mother of four Kerrie Knight told her heartbreaking story of her eldest child who suffered with an Ice addiction for most of her teenage years. Alarmingly, Kerrie told the audience you could have the drug Ice delivered to your door faster than a local pizza. This harrowing tale gave a sobering example of what can happen without awareness and support from family and the community.
This forum was directed towards families with a view to provide education and general awareness of the drug Ice and other drugs. Research statistics on addiction clearly show it is the secure family unit which provides the most effective safety net support for an addicted person’s road to recovery.
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