Ice Report Confirms Need For Local Action

Thursday, 4 September 2014
A major parliamentary report into the supply and use of methamphetamine is further evidence of the need for local action against the drug, according to Glenelg Southern Grampians Drug Treatment Service (GSGDTS).

GSGDTS manager Bev McIlroy said the report was well timed a week before a major community forum in Portland.

It supports what we are doing in promoting a community response to ice and other alcohol and drug problems,” Ms McIlroy said. It shows we need to be taking action at a local level.

The report has called for the establishment of a Premier led Ministerial Council on Methamphetamine to provide a coordinated all-of-government approach to tackling the problems.

This is an issue we as Victorians must tackle together,” said Committee Chair Simon Ramsay MLC. The committee wants to see a state-wide action plan that will help reduce the harm that is being done across our state by this poisonous substance.

Ms McIlroy made a presentation to the inquiry highlighting the particular issues in both Glenelg and Southern Grampians around the impact on families.

This is demonstrated by a 63 per cent increase over the past 18 months of parents, grandparents and siblings wanting information about how they can help their family member using ice, along with the distress caused by the action, behaviours and personality changes that quickly become noticeable.

She said she hoped the report's recommendations turned into positive actions to address the ice problem on a local and state-wide level.

Ms McIlroy said ice was having devastating impacts on users and their families who find it difficult to cope with their changed behaviour.

The Committee called for community partnerships across metropolitan and regional areas to develop local level methamphetamine plans.

This is part of what we are hoping to achieve with our `Break the Ice’ public forum on September 11 at the Portland Golf Club from 7pm. It is a whole-of-community problem that requires a whole-of-community response.

The report has also called for harmonisation of unexplained wealth laws across Australia to target the beneficiaries of the methamphetamine market, new laws to protect children, harm reduction programs and facilities, particularly in regional areas, including local withdrawal beds, better access to residential rehabilitation beds and well-resourced outpatient services to improve responses to methamphetamine use; and innovative programs and resources for schools.

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