The use of crystal methamphetamine or ‘ice’ in regional South Australia is a growing issue posing an increasingly high risk to communities.
A forum organised by the Riverland Community Services Alliances titled ‘Knowing the Facts About ICE’ will be held tonight at the Chaffey Theatre in Renmark with more than 600 people expected to attend.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the aim of the forum was to further educate the local community about the use and impacts of the drug.
“The collaboration of community services organising this forum has clearly identified that crystal methamphetamine use is creating significant flow-on effects and increasing pressure on all services in the region,” Mr Whetstone said.
“Regional communities already face challenges around unemployment, homelessness and domestic violence and with the addition of a destructive drug like ice, lives are being put at risk.”
Mr Whetstone said ice was impacting people from across a wide range of backgrounds.
“There is often the assumption that drugs like this only impact people from low socio-economic backgrounds, but one thing we know is that ice does not discriminate,” Mr Whetstone said.
“Following the forum, the Riverland community will need to consider how we take the next step in tackling the threat of ice.
“Regional South Australia is generally ill-equipped to deal with the social, health and crime issues arising from this drug, with local services already under pressure.
“To effectively deal with this ever increasing issue, we need to ensure there are sufficient preventative measures and adequate resources to support families and users through rehabilitation.
“Tonight’s forum is about getting the conversation started but there is an enormous amount of work to be done to rid regional communities of this devastating drug that is destroying lives.”