THE Bendigo community has been learning the facts about the drug ice.
Last night’s Central Victoria Ice Forum gave residents a chance to find out more about methamphetamine, its effects on the community and how we can work together to reduce its harmful effects.
In particular, some interesting facts were brought to light by keynote speaker Crios O’Mahony from Anex, a leading national voice in the public health sector.
“There is a lot of talk about ice at the moment, in the press, on forums, on the internet and it is not all accurate,” he said.
“Methamphetamine is not a new thing, it was first synthesised in 1887.
“This is something we have got on top of before and we can get a handle on it again.
“It is a mistake to think it is all about getting high. They may be doing it because they work a 15-hour day, or because they heard it was a good way of losing weight.
“You can only deal with drug use when you find the reason.”