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Queanbeyan ‘Ice’ Forum – community asked to be part of the solution

The issue of crystalline methamphetamine or ‘ice’ is real for Queanbeyan and the region — that’s why the local community, health experts and government came together in April to look at the problem from a different angle.

New data show that in New South Wales between 2009-10 and 2013-14, the number of methamphetamine related hospitalisations increased from 534 to 2,616.

In response to the problem, the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF), the NSW Government, and Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs) have collaborated across the state to roll out a series of ‘Breaking the Ice’ forums.

The Queanbeyan forum was held on Tuesday April 5, and was designed to provide the public with practical tools and evidence based information about ‘ice’ and where to seek help, support and treatment in our area.

The forum aimed to ensure our community was informed about ice, and focused on the person, not just the drug, encouraging people to seek help early, and not just hide the problem.

Police, government and communities across NSW now agree that we can no longer arrest our way out of the problem

For more information on the forums please go to www.adf.org.au/breakingtheice To find out more about the CDATs go to www.adf.org.au/cdat

About CDATs and the Australian Drug Foundation

Celebrating more than 55 years of service to the community, the Australian Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading bodies committed to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in communities around the nation. The foundation reaches millions of Australians in local communities through sporting clubs, workplaces, health care settings and schools, offering educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for strong and healthy communities.

The NSW Government’s Community Engagement and Action Program (CEAP) is administered by the Australian Drug Foundation. The program oversees the coordination and operation of Community Drug Action Teams (CDATs). For more information about CDATs and drug and alcohol prevention go to www.adf.org.au/cdat

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