IN a proactive move to learn more about the drug ice, a forum will be hosted by the Cleve and Districts Mental Health and Wellbeing Group later this month.
Group president Erin Roberts said the night was a chance for light to be shed on this drug and for all community members to have an understanding of what the drug was, how it was addictive and what could be done by communities to protect themselves and their children.
“We can’t put our head in the sand any more, this drug is out there and we need to look at it as a community,” Mrs Roberts said.
She said if the forum made a difference to one person or one family then it would have “done the job”.
The event will be run by the Whyalla Ripples Support Group and include speakers who have been addicted to ice, parents of addicts and frontline health workers dealing with the drug and its effects.
Ripples group member Cheryl Targett said the night would focus on education about the drug, how it affected people, the social cost and the impact it had on families.
She said there would also be information available on where to go if you or someone you know was taking the drug.
“It is all over Eastern Eyre, small towns may think that its not there but it is,” she said.
Ms Targett said families of addicts in smaller rural communities were often filled with a fear of people finding out about the addiction or use of ice and often did not know where to go for help.
She said she had worked with users of ice as young as 12 and it was never ever to early to talk to children about drugs.
Eastern Ranges football club president Mark Hannemann said he was encouraging all sporting clubs to attend the forum.
“Sporting clubs are often the hub of the community and the social site for young people
“This is a terrific opportunity to increase our understanding of this drug as a community, clubs and individuals and is vitally important we all learn more about this drug.”
The free forum will be on Friday, April 28, 7pm at the Rudall Community Sports Club. For more information go to the Cleve Mental Health and Wellbeing Group Facebook page.