Service providers across the Hume region have taken the first step towards minimising the severe effects of the drug ice.MONIQUE FREER March 26, 2014 4:20am
Service providers across north-east Victoria have taken the first step towards minimising the devastating effects of the drug ice on communities across the region.
About 130 people from the Hume region — from sporting clubs and schools, local government representatives, concerned citizens and friends and family of users — gathered at Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre on Wednesday to gain a greater understanding of the dangers of the powerful methamphetamine.
Department of Justice regional director John Duck said ice was permeating a whole range of levels within the community, which was reflected in the forum’s attendance.
‘‘Clearly people will walk away with more information about methamphetamine... and what support services are available,’’ Mr Duck said.
Health and government experts also took part in a private workshop to discuss how best to mount a co-ordinated response to managing the issues the drug is causing within communities.
Public health group Anex trainer Crios O’Mahony had the audience captivated for one hour when he spoke candidly about the drug, its method of action and its dangers.
‘‘It truly has a devastating effect on you if you become a habitual drug user,’’ Mr O’Mahony said.
However, education was the key in tackling the growing epidemic, he said.
‘‘The more you can understand about ice, the more you will be in a better position to help people around ice use,’’ he said
‘‘Some of the big things is to keep dialogue open, especially with loved ones .
‘‘If you have a loved one who uses ice, it’s a good idea to prepare for when things go wrong. I don’t mean if things go wrong, I mean when things go wrong.’’
The forum concluded with a question-and-answer session with a panel of representatives from Victoria Police, Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Human Services, Gateways Community Health, Hume courts and Odyssey House.●
Two teenage boys have been arrested following a series of traffic incidents in Shepparton last night.
Fine weather and a strong number of athlete registrations will ensure this weekend’s Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival is another huge success.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The head of the Building Designers Association of Victoria has big plans for the association.
St Joseph’s Primary School students have been preparing their push carts ahead of next month’s KidZcapers.
KCLC supported Southern Processing win award
Members celebrate over the weekend.
Berrigan Shire was this week approved for a low interest loan from the state government to undertake flood mitigation works.
Frank Hill is thrilled with his repaired 1948 grey Fergie.
As weather warms, so does car theft; Cobram police urge drivers to lock parked vehicles.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
The latest in stone and pome fruit research and development will be the focus of a forum at the Horticulture Centre of Excellence at Tatura tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22.
Lions Benalla donates $1200 to buy a bar code reader for Lorraine Billman who will soon be able to go shopping without her husband.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.