A PANEL of experts will field questions from the audience at Thursday's ice forum.
The panel will include key stakeholder from central Victoria and support agencies.
More than 100 people have already registered for the public forum.
The event will be at the J.B. Osborne Theatrette, Crusoe College, in Kangaroo Flat on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.
The forum is being hosted by the Department of Justice, Victoria Police, Department of Health.
Department of Justice Loddon Mallee regional director Jodi Henderson said the use of methylamphetamine hydrochloride, more commonly known as ice, has been increasing in regional Victoria.
“Ice is a terrible drug that is wreaking havoc in rural communities and destroying the lives of many people in regional Victoria,” Ms Henderson said.
“Ice destroys lives and threatens community safety while imposing high demand on policing, healthcare and mental health services in regional Victoria.
“Everyone needs to know more about what this dreadful drug can do, and this forum is the first step in supporting the community to stand together against ice.”
Ms Henderson said the psychotic and violent behaviour of ice users was creating increased demand for local services including ambulance services, hospital emergency departments, medical care and psychiatric services.
Bendigo Police Superintendent Daryl Clifton will speak at the event.
Superintendent Clifton told the Bendigo Advertiser earlier this week the use of the drug ice was a huge issue for rural Victoria.
"It's a huge issue for Victoria but it seems to have hit rural Victoria a lot harder," he said.
"I can't comment on other areas but it's had a large impact on central Victoria's crime.
I"'m not just talking about Bendigo, I'm talking about central Victoria.
"And people who have never been in trouble before are finding themselves in trouble with the police."