About 600 people filled Cohuna memorial hall on Wednesday night to learn more about the methamphetamine, ice.RENEE THOMPSON May 16, 2014 3:50am
It was standing room only for the many who filed into Cohuna memorial hall just past 7pm on Wednesday.
There to attend a community forum about the drug ‘ice’, the queue to get into the hall stretched for some 200m down the side street before the forum got under way.
Once inside, about 600 people, including community leaders and government representatives, parents and their children, young people and sporting groups, helped fill the hall to the brim.
Crios O’Mahony, a drug and alcohol worker for the Penington Institute and former project leader at Anex, spoke at length about the insidious nature of crystal methamphetamine, or ice.
Attendees heard about the chemical, physical and psychological effects of methamphetamine abuse, including the much greater risk such drug users have of experiencing a psychotic episode or psychosis.
Mr O’Mahony said the impacts that ice users had on others, especially families, were taking a huge toll in many communities, including Cohuna’s.
‘‘Ice is devastating families, it really is,’’ he said.
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