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Shepparton High students hear of drug danger

A security firm has warned students at Shepparton High School about the dangers of drug use.

ELAINE COONEY June 25, 2014 3:14am

Shepparton High School students listen to Steven and Vicky Randi.


‘‘Try it once, you might get away with it, but try it twice and you’re addicted.’’

Backup Security Services director Vicky Randi yesterday used these words repeatedly to Shepparton High School students to describe the effects of the drug ice.

The security firm works with a drug rehabilitation facility at Warburton, east of Melbourne, and operates a drug detection service.

Co-director Steven Randi told the Shepparton students drugs affected one in three families.

‘‘Ice is probably the worst drug out there,’’ Mr Randi said.

‘‘Ninety-five per cent of people in rehab are on ice.’’

Ms Randi said 80 per cent of prisoners had drug-related sentences.

Mr Randi said the cost of a gram of ice was $700 and addicts turned to crime to fund their habit.

‘‘They sell a point for as little as $10 ... that goes into a pipe, you smoke it and (could be) addicted instantly,’’ he said.

He said the negative effects of ice far outweighed the momentary high.

‘‘I really don’t know why people do it,’’ he said.

‘‘You get that adrenaline rush and feel invincible, but the after-effects are a headache, stomach pain, ice itch, your mouth gets dry ...’’ he said.

‘‘It attacks that thing in the brain that says we need this stuff.’’

At the Warburton clinic, Mr Randi said he saw people from 12 to 63 years old recovering from ice addiction.

He said a young woman with a 1ml per day heroin habit went through the facility and overdosed on 1ml of heroin when released on a family pass. Ms Randi said her girlfriend had two children taken from her care and had nothing for them to eat because her addiction was paramount.

Mr Randi said marijuana could be sprayed with insect repellent to make it weigh more.

Other materials added to illegal drugs included acetone, glass and rat poison.

He said the drug ecstasy used to be in a tablet format, but commonly came in liquid form (in 3ml vials) that was added to drinks.

‘‘Think if I swallow this, it could change my world,’’Mrs Randi said.

‘‘Think this can kill me.

‘‘You are too important for that.’’

The Randis brought their Australian K9 Detection Unit dogs to the school and explained how they searched for drugs and explosives.

Mr Randi said when he walked with his drug detection dog through town it reacted to every second or third person.

He said the drug odour could be passed on by shaking hands with a user.

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