It has been described as the most addictive, destructive and harmful drug we have seen and now it is tearing our rural families and communities apart.
ICE, or Crystal Methamphetamine is the biggest drug crisis in Australia currently.
ICE may be a national problem but the ICE epidemic is hitting country Australia the hardest.
The Federal Government has released its final report of the National Ice Taskforce. Proportionally, ICE use in regional and remote Australia far exceeds that in our major cities and metropolitan areas.
It is reported that 7% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used ICE at least once in their lives. Even more alarming is the 12-17 year old age group with almost 3% having tried ICE.
The ICE epidemic is having a devastating impact on rural towns in our region. In particular, areas like St George, Roma, Surat and Cunnamulla which have been identified as high-priority communities.