The Glenelg Southern Grampians Drug Treatment Service (Quamby House) has told a state inquiry that `ice’ is destroying local lives and local families.
GSGDTS manager Bev McIlroy told the state parliamentary inquiry committee in Warrnambool on Monday that the trend to methamphetamine use was having a variety of significant and harmful impacts on families and local communities.
Ms McIlroy said there had been a 63 per cent increase in calls for assistance from families and workplaces due to the effects of methamphetamines. The main issue is the quick onset of the changes brought about by the use of “ice”.
“The family dynamic is destroyed in months,” she said.
“Children are at risk; pregnant women using ice; unemployment often accompanies the use; social interaction with the family unit ceases; financial difficulties and debts and fear and threats often seep into the family environment.
Aboriginal families are actively seeking help for family members facing ice addiction problems.
“It is an extremely dangerous drug and harmful to our community.”
Read the full story in Friday’s Portland Observer.