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Drugs forum in Ky tonight

Kyabram Football/Netball Club will host a timely drug awareness evening tonight amid claims that use of the drug ‘ice’ is a national pandemic.

May 7, 2014 7:00am

Scott Beattie

What is it, what it looks like, how it’s made, what effect it will have, how to see the signs of a user, how to help a user and how to continue helping them post-rehabilitation.

These are the questions Echuca United Football Club coach and Harvest Hotel part-owner Scott Beattie says will be answered at the free drug awareness evening in Kyabram tonight.

Mr Beattie, who has previously run two successful drug awareness evenings in Echuca, said it would not be like any other.

‘‘Everyone has heard of drug and alcohol forums in the past that have just told them you don’t do this and you don’t do that. People go down different paths in life and we can’t choose it for them, but as a community and as a collective in country Victoria, it’s best we provide information to people to say exactly this is what is going on and if you make these decisions, this is what is going to happen to you,’’ Mr Beattie said.

‘‘Hopefully we can tap into a little bit of what is going on in the town, in Kyabram and district area, and then come up with a course of action post this forum that gives us an indication about what the underlying questions are for the district.’’

Kyabram Football Club board member and event organiser Mark Foulsham said the evening was open to everyone, not just sporting clubs, and would hopefully push home some harsh realities.

Special guest speaker and former Purana Task Force Leader Jim O’Brien will be in attendance, as well as a carer of drug users and a former drug user.

The evening begins tonight at 6.30pm at the Kyabram P-12 College Assembly Hall.
For more information, phone Mark Foulsham on 0427 746 268.

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