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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Breaking the cycle of crime and drugs

The thought of his young family and the example he was setting for his sons helped Peter Loakim break the cycle of crime and drugs.

After his release from jail in 2007, he stopped taking drugs and starting training in community services at TAFE. Now he's a justice worker at Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association and it is his job to try and stop other members of the Koori community from going down the path he once travelled.

Mr Loakim says more recently ice has become readily available in the small Lakes Entrance community in Victoria. He says because of the low socio economic status of some Aboriginal peoples in the area, they are sometimes the biggest users and the hardest hit by the drug.

The problems he sees resulting from the use of ice include everything from problem gambling and alcohol use to violence and family breakups.

He says lasting change will only happen when ice users themselves are involved in the process.
'We need a lot more awareness but not just through statistics. Get some people on board who have used it, who can speak to the people out there,' he says.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Gippsland

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Last updated: 2 July 2014
 
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