Community forum on drug menace: We need to strike now against ice

TIME is of the essence in the community fight against the highly addictive and current drug of choice methamphetamine according to Mallee District Aboriginal Service.

The organisation will this week hold a community forum in the first step of a campaign by health and welfare groups about the prevalence of the drug ice in Mildura.

Health, education and justice sectors have combined forces for a proactive campaign against methamphetamine (ice) in Mildura, with the first initiative a parents’ and carers’ information session for the Koori community.

Alcohol and other drugs counsellors from Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) took the lead in drawing attention to the issue with a parents and carers forum earlier this year that was attended by about 120 people.

MDAS alcohol and other drugs program nurse manager Raelene Stephens said the follow-up forum on Thursday night had been organised because of demand from parents and carers.

“This is not only a Koori problem, but it is a problem which is significantly affecting young Aboriginal people,” Ms Stephens said.

“The forum earlier in the year had a really good attendance and the feedback told us people received the information they were wanting.

“But people also said it was a day-time forum and that more wanted to attend, but were unable to during the day.

“This forum is in the evening, and again, the aim is for parents and carers to be able to learn about what they are looking for and where to go for help if they suspect their child or a person they know is using ice.

“People will be able to ask questions and get the information that they are looking for.”

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