Tack­ling re­gion’s ice epi­demic

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WHEN De­bra Green left Chin­chilla’s Ice Fo­rum on Mon­day, it was the first time in a long time she felt as­sured some­thing might be done to tackle the re­gion’s ice scourge, hav­ing bat­tled blindly for more than five years to find help for a drug-ad­dicted fam­ily mem­ber.

“Peo­ple have this thing that they’re a drug ad­dict and just walk by. But they’re not a drug ad­dict, they are a per­son first. And they’re not bad peo­ple. No one is born bad,” Mrs Green said.

Mrs Green said while the close fam­ily mem­ber had strug­gled with ad­dic­tion for many years, there was sim­ply “no com­par­i­son” be­tween ice and other drugs.

“It is through-the-roof level. It’s ter­ri­ble and you know they’re good peo­ple but some­thing hap­pened and they’re gone.”

Mrs Green has cam­paigned to State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments for help to tackle the ice epi­demic in Chin­chilla and said cur­rently there was noth­ing be­ing done to as­sist drug ad­dicts or their fam­i­lies.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

ICE SCOURGE: De­bra Green.

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