Targeting youth

MILDURA’S youth are the “most important” target group in a combined community push to counter the influence of the drug ice in the area, according to Mildura police.

The campaign – Project Ice Mildura – involves a consortium of community and health organisation, which yesterday took their message directly to young people at a youth community forum session.

Project Ice Mildura brings together organisations, including Sunraysia Community Health Services (SCHS), Mildura Rural City Council, Mildura Police, Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) and the Northern Mallee Primary Care Partnership.

Yesterday’s session was an informal opportunity for open discussion between MDAS, SCHS, Melbourne-based Youth Support Advocacy Services (YSAS), Mildura Police and the group of young people present.

The organisations have identified methamphetamine, or ice, as the second most common illicit drug in Mildura after cannabis and say its use is rising rapidly.

MDAS Alcohol and Other Drugs Program nurse unit manager Raelene Stephens said two years ago methamphetamine, or ice, was “barely on our radar”.

“Now all our agencies are reporting it as the major drugs issue they encounter,”­ she said. “As a group of agencies, we are experiencing the fallout from this problem on a number of fronts – it’s at epidemic­ proportions in Mildura.”

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