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Forum to address growing ice problem

Anex Australia project leader Cris O’Mahony is encouraging residents to attend the Community Against Drugs forum this month.

JESS CRAIG February 12, 2014 4:24am

Ice needs a whole community approach to tackle the problem.

That is the message from Anex Australia project leader Cris O’Mahony, who is encouraging residents to attend the Community Against Drugs forum this month.

The forum will aim to address questions surrounding crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, which is a growing problem in Echuca-Moama.

Mr O’Mahony works with Anex to provide harm reduction programs across Australia and said ice is a community issue.

‘‘There’s lots of misinformation about ice that I’m hoping to address and I hope to see the community attend the forum, because it is a community issue,’ he said.

‘‘We can’t just rely on police and other services.

‘‘It needs a whole community approach.’’

CAD’s forum aims to address topics such as what ice is and how it works; short and long-term effects; signs and symptoms of dependency; withdrawal and psychosis; impact on family and friends; treatment and support options; and what you can do to help.

Mr O’Mahony recently spoke at a similar forum in Bendigo, where about 200 people attended.

The forum will also include a panel of speakers from district support agencies, health professionals and Victoria Police.

The forum is on Wednesday, February 26, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm at Rich River Golf Club Resort.

Community Against Drugs is a district action group, which was re-launched last year.

District football clubs formed CAD following an awareness campaign in 2013.

Since then, the group has been steadily working on a plan for the community.

CAD aims to target the youth in the community to educate them about the risks of taking drugs.

For information or to register, email info@communityagainst drugs.com.au or phone 0409 355 470.

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