BREAK THE ICE PLAGUE
COMMUNITY SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF TO PROVIDE SUPPORT
A PIONEERING group of community service professionals will be brought together at Mt Druitt in an effort to combat the harmful social effects of the ice epidemic.
A top-level meeting of welfare, housing and medical agencies has been scheduled for July 13 to kickstart the intervention.
The idea of the community hub —– to help those in most need — is a key recommendation of a special report on dealing with the escalating drug problem in the area.
Mt Druitt Police Citizens Youth Club will host the discussion and services are expected to begin within weeks.
The use of ice, or methamphetamine, has become increasingly popular, with three people a week on average caught using it in Mt Druitt and St Marys.
Between 2010 and 2014 there was a 283 per cent increase in the number of people caught using or possessing amphetamines.
Social workers hope that bringing all the frontline professionals together will help prevent the vicious circle many users spiral into.
A PIONEERING one-stop shop of community services will be brought under one roof in Mt Druitt in an effort to combat the harmful social effects of the ice epidemic.
A top-level meeting by welfare, housing and medical agencies has been scheduled to meet on July 13 to kickstart the intervention. It follows one of the key recommendations of the Lindsay community submission to the National Ice Taskforce, which held forums in western Sydney recently.
The Mt Druitt Police Citizens Youth Club will host the discussion, with services expected to begin in weeks.
Ice, or methamphetamine use, has become a growing problem, with three people being caught on average a week in Mt Druitt and St Marys suburbs.
The latest figures reveal a 283 per cent increase in people caught with the drug in the area between 2010 and 2014, not including the many cases that go unreported.
According to PCYC Mt Druitt manager Lance Chaloner, the club was ideally placed to create connections with not just young people, but among their mums, dads and extended family. “We really need to create a place where they can come to get advice and help,” he said.
Lindsay federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott has handed the report into the drug problem, Ice Meltdown, to Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It says that “siloing” by various government agencies acts as a barrier in fighting the ice scourge.
Dell Froio, from Evocca College, which trains social workers, said the idea was for a permanent “friendly community” hub, to make it easier for residents to receive support from government services.