THE POLICE PERSPECTIVE
AT least 80 per cent of violent incidents attended by police, including domestic violence, involve the use of the drug ice.
Police are often first to see the devastating results when people take the drug.
Kensington police officer, First-Class Constable Darren Hyde has seen the effects of the drug first hand.
“Several times we have been out and have had to restrain people so the ambos can do their job,” he said.
“These are not big people, but just very strong due to what the drug is doing to them – they are just raging.
“The impact of the drug is so far reaching and can be associated with mental health issues such as paranoid states, which means they are hard to reason with.”
Constable Hyde recently attended the National Ice Taskforce forum held in Perth’s southern suburbs and he said there was a need for the community to get together more often to try to tackle the issue.
“The increase in use of methamphetamine is a huge concern for everyone and a multi-agency approach is needed,” he said.
“It is not just your archetypal drug user, we see mums and dads manufacturing it, FIFO workers on four-day binges.
“People don’t realise how far reaching it is because it is so tiny and people will take the risk to manufacture it because it is profitable.”