Ice prob­lem goes far be­yond user

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Tim Mayne

THE use of the drug ice among am­phet­a­mine users has more than dou­bled from 22 per cent in 2010 to 50 per cent in 2013, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Ice Task­force.

To com­bat the grow­ing prob­lem of metham­phetamine use in Perth’s south­ern sub­urbs, Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan re­cently went there to ad­dress the prob­lems seen in re­cent times.

He met with south­ern sub­urbs groups on June 5 to dis­cuss how the in­creased use of the drug af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

Groups in­cluded lo­cal schools, neigh­bour­hood watch groups, po­lice, Ny­oon­gar Out­reach, Unit­ing Care West, lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils and the Sus­sex Street Com­mu­nity Law Ser­vice.

The Na­tional Ice Task­force was set up to ad­dress the grow­ing scourge of ice, or crys­tal metham­phetamine, in Aus­tralia by Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott in April.

The pur­pose of the task­force and the con­sul­ta­tion fo­rum was to ex­am­ine ex­ist­ing ef­forts to ad­dress ice and iden­tify ways to take a sys­tem­atic, com­pre­hen­sive and co-or­di­nated ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion, health and law en­force­ment.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said he met with con­stituents con­cerned about clan­des­tine drug labs in their neigh­bour­hood.

“I met one busi­ness owner who be­lieved there was a drug house near his wife’s dance school in Bur­swood,” he said.

“Nee­dles are regularly found out­side the school and par­ents of stu­dents have claimed to wit­ness drug deals.

“This is a se­ri­ous is­sue, its im­pacts are felt by the in­di­vid­ual tak­ing the drug, by fam­i­lies, and the broader com­mu­nity who are forced to deal with the fall­out from its us­age.”

Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Act­ing Sergeant Dar­ren Hyde, Swan MHR Steve Irons, Fed­eral Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan and Bel­mont Po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Peter Arancini.

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