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Date posted: 17 October 2013
In the northwest Victorian town of Mildura, 1000 schoolchildren were recently brought together for a drug awareness education campaign put on by a number of local agencies. The schoolchildren were presented with information about the dangers of drug use, with a particular emphasis on ice.
Victorian Police Detective, Senior Sargent, Scott Anderson, said ice was marketed as a recreational drug, 'but that couldn't be anything further from the truth.' He said the police had noticed a spike in ice usage among Indigenous young people in Mildura. 'We are certainly noticing more and more of our Indigenous youth are being involved and becoming involved in the use of ice,' he said.
Community Liaison Officer, Jemmes Handy, said the problem was growing. 'We're losing our young people through ice and it's like an epidemic at the moment. The Aboriginal Corporation has put drug forums on for our people...to give them a good education about this sort of stuff,' she said.
The Mallee District Aboriginal Health Services is putting its own submission to the parliamentary inquiry calling for more withdrawal services in Mildura to help families cope.
Source: National Indigenous Television