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Date posted: 9 September 2013
A campaign against the spread of the illicit drug methamphetamine, or ice, in Mildura, Victoria, has welcomed a statewide parliamentary inquiry into the drug.
Project ICE Mildura have kicked off a six-month campaign to counter the influence of the drug on the Mildura community amid concerns its use is increasing in the region.
Health agencies and police believe it is the major drug of concern in the Mildura area, and say it's having devastating effects on its growing number of users. A State Parliamentary Committee has recently been directed to investigate the supply and use of methamphetamines with a particular focus on ice.
The Law Reform, Drugs and Crime Committee will look at the nature, prevalence and culture of methamphetamine use, particularly among young and Indigenous people and those living in rural areas.
'Ice is the second most common illicit drug in Mildura after cannabis and its use has risen rapidly over the past year,' said Project ICE Mildura spokeswoman, Melissa Lonsdale from Sunraysia Community Health. 'This drug is affecting not only the user, but also families and we are also seeing an increase in crime impacting on the wider community - no one in our community is immune from the effects, or the ripple effects.'
Source: Mildura Independent