The Ice epidemic (letter)by David PerrinNews Weekly
, October 14, 2006
The use of the club drug Ice is now at epidemic levels and is more dangerous than heroin.
Ice is highly addictive, is cheap to produce and easy to obtain, with Kings Cross in Sydney having plenty of supply. Ice use causes chronic depression, violent aggressive and irrational behaviour, paranoid psychosis, panic, delusions and hallucinations.Sixty Minutes
recently reported that 70,000 young Australians are addicted to Ice and are flooding the psychiatric units at public hospitals.
The long term mental health of Ice users poses a significant crisis for psychiatric units and a potential blow out of health costs.
Because Ice is such a new club drug, the long term effects on users has not been researched but health professionals have extensive experience on the short term impact on users.
The Australian Crime Commission claims that there are 102,600 regular Ice users in Australia being supplied by highly organized criminal syndicates mainly producing in Queensland.
The most effective way to stop Australians using Ice is to reduce the demand by diverting users into detoxification and rehabilitation.David Perrin,
Drug Advisory Council of Australia,
Doncaster East, Vic.