Horrors of ice in the spotlight
A YOUNG Aboriginal man kicking his grandmother in the head is one indigenous health worker’s defining image of the “ice” epidemic ripping apart Queensland Aboriginal communities.
Helem Yumba Central Queensland Healing Centre chief executive Lynette Anderson will be in Brisbane today to join a three-day conference examining the impact of a drug she believes has the power to shut down emotional attachments and allows the user to commit horrifying acts without hesitation.
“We had recently an incident where a young man in an Aboriginal community kicked his grandmother in her head,” she said. “We know that this was ice-related because it’s a different kind of violence and it reflects one of the main characteristics of ice addiction, which is an emotional disconnection from the addicts’ loved ones.”
Two days of hearings will culminate in a roundtable on Friday at State Parliament and addresses by Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick, Member for Cook Billy Gordon and Tasmania Senator Jacqui Lambie, whose estranged son is an ice addict.
Ms Anderson said she had noted that substance abuse problems had increasingly involved ice. “Our client base has moved from being almost all middle-aged grogaffected men to … where 90 per cent of our clients are under the age of 25.”
‘IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF VIOLENCE AND IT REFLECTS ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF ICE ADDICTION’