Ice abuse hits families
REPORT OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS TO CURB DRUG EPIDEMIC
CHILDREN of ice users are going to school hungry as the drug hits families across the area hard.
About 90 per cent of referrals to a Nepean child protection community service stem from the use of ice by parents, the community heard at the launch of the Ice Meltdown report at St Marys last week.
The report, handed down by Lindsay federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott, outlines 10 recommendations that have been submitted to the National Ice Taskforce.
It was the only report by a community that was sub- mitted on time to the taskforce, Ms Scott said.
“Ice is an insidious drug, addiction is a horrible thing, and when you’ve got an engaged community that want to find solutions and want to work together, that is very powerful,” Ms Scott said.
St Marys police crime manager Detective Inspector Barry Vincent said the forum opened his eyes to the amount of services involved in helping ice addicts.
“We can’t arrest our way out of this matter,” Insp Vincent said.
“There is certainly a police component, es- pecially as we try to catch those making and selling this drug, but it will take a whole-of-community approach to stop it.”
Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services general manager Joy Impiombato said two years ago, child protection referrals were due to a combination of drug use, domestic violence and other issues, but now it was mostly because of ice.
“The median age for ice users is in the high 20s, and that puts it right in the group who have young children,” Ms Impiombato said.