Scourge of ice ev­i­dent in Ex­mouth

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

I lived in Ex­mouth in the 1980s and some of the 1990s em­ployed by the US Navy and Aus­tralian De­fence In­dus­tries on the HF com­mu­ni­ca­tion sites.

My three chil­dren grew up in Ex­mouth and two of them still live there.

Back when I was liv­ing there, mar­i­juana was used by some of the towns­peo­ple, but no ma­jor prob­lems ex­isted back then.

Re­cently, I re­turned to Ex­mouth for a vis­itafter hear­ing about the epi­demic of ice in the town.

This drug is the worst I have ever seen — I had a cousin in the US who was a user and dealer and is now a shell of a per­son at 33 years old.

She and her hus­band served time in jail and lost cus­tody of their chil­dren.

Now, I am here only a few days and it seems like al­most noth­ing has been done about the ex­ces­sive ice us­age here. Drug deal­ing is tak­ing place fre­quently all over the town — es­pe­cially in the park­ing lot be­hind the bank.

Many peo­ple liv­ing here are re­ally frus­trated and con­cerned their young chil­dren and go­ing to get hooked on this “devil’s drug”.

Some of the high school kids have been us­ing and sell­ing, and a 16-year-old boy per­formed armed rob­bery at a gift shop.

The de­cent towns­peo­ple are sick and tired of this most deadly sub­stance and its life­style.

It is high time this mess was taken care of. Ed­die Wil­liams North­ern Marianas Is­lands

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