Ice problem goes far beyond user
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.