Project Ice Mildura aims to counter the influence of ice in our community due to the increase in its use locally over the past two years. Ice (Crystal Methamphetamine) is now the second most common illicit drug in Mildura after cannabis and is considered one of the most addictive of illicit drugs. This community awareness and education project is an initiative of the Northern Mallee Community Partnership.
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FACT SHEETS ABOUT ICE (Crystal Methamphetamine)
FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS
Merbein Community session- all community welcome; under 18's must be accompanied by parent/ guardian
28th May 2014, 6:30pm
Venue: Merbein Community Hub 2 Maine North Merbein
10th June 2014, 4:30pm-6pm
Venue: Mildura Rural City Council's Benetook Room- 180-190 Deakin Ave Mildura
Enquiries: email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 5021 7671
WHERE TO GET HELP AND INFORMATION
Emergencies - Call Triple Zero 000
Local Support Organisations Phone
Sunraysia Community Health Services 03 5022 5444
Mallee District Aboriginal Service 03 50184102
Dareton Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Service 03 50 217200
Phone Counselling & Referral Lines Phone
DirectLine 1800 888 236
Youth Support & Advocacy Service 1800 014 446
Family Drug Help Line 1300 660 068
Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
Help for Pregnant ICE users in Mildura.
Like everyone else who is reading this I have seen the headlines about ICE in Mildura. To be honest it makes sense to me that ICE has become so popular considering the challenges Sunraysia already faces with drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness, poverty, poor school completion rates, lack of employment opportunities, years of drought and more recent floods. We also have numerous social problems that are not being properly addressed. Needs are not being met on all the right levels, sometimes more than just practical help is needed.
Today I was sitting on my front deck with an old friend P. P is a shell of the person he used to be, his deadly habit costing him hundreds to thousands of dollars every week, but worst of all robbing him of his sleep, appetite and any true appreciation for what is right or wrong. Dealing drugs to support his habit P tells of his experiences on the dark side. Our conversation today has devastated me on a whole new level.
“I have morals” P says calmly. “I only deal to over 18s and I warn off anyone who hasn’t tried ice before, run the other way I tell them”.
I listened as I always do, not really knowing what to say, hoping that today will be the day he gets help, (or even gets caught)…. “Have you ever dealt to a pregnant person” I ask. (I have no idea why I asked this question, except that young woman seem to be high risk for this drug, and unplanned pregnancy accompanies drug and alcohol use.)
P’s response: “yes, actually I have,” I tried to talk her out of it”, P casually chats away, “if she didn’t get it from me than I knew she would just get it from somewhere else, and at least I know my stuff is clean”…
I fell silent; this person who used to care about so many things has just admitted to something that makes my blood run cold. Ice users have a choice, but an unborn child doesn’t.
Doctors have warned women who go cold-turkey while pregnant could further harm their unborn child because withdrawal in-utero is more dangerous. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t seek help if you are pregnant and using ICE. Doctors say that withdrawal from methamphetamines is one of the hardest to treat, because there is no specific antidote. The withdrawal process for newborns includes graded sedation, frequent feeding and constant attention, and can vary from one to 10 weeks.
"These babies can be constantly distressed, they don't sleep as well, feed as well, grow as well, are more difficult to comfort, cry all the time and are irritable."
Research had found the number of pregnant women using ice is small, but People need to realise there can be adverse affects on the baby, and to be cautious about any drug use, but certainly with ICE there are significant risks.
So here are some resources to get help, they are confidential, caring and who knows, possibly the first step to a new life.
>>SCHS Drug Treatment Services Information (Sunraysia Community Health Services) 03 5022 5444
>>Mallee District Aboriginal Service 03 50184102.
If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant and are using, please see your GP or contact someone for help. Be honest for the sake of yourself and your baby.
Phone Counselling & Referral Lines:
DirectLine >1800 888 236
Youth Support & Advocacy Service > Youth Drug & Alcohol Advice> 1800 458 685
Family Drug Help Line >1300 660 068
Kids Help Line >1800 55 1800
As a mother, a non-drug user, and a pro-lifer I feel the need to share this story, fort the sake of ICE awareness, for the sake of that mother who is still pregnant and isolated by her addiction. Our friends list is extensive, and I fully believe this message has the potential to reach those on both sides of this issue. My friend P was a good person, from a good family, well-educated and employed, well dressed and successful. … In a million years I never thought this would happen to him, to his family, to our town. We need to encourage one another to do what is right, to forget the financial costs, to forget our egos and admit to our problems, to seek help, to generate HOPE. I have sought help for my friend; I encourage you all to do the same. I have been strongly discouraged from sharing such stories, and I know the fear of being labelled a DOG prevents people from contacting crime stoppers, or the local police. But the cost to our community is so much greater if we do nothing. I love my friends and family, but I know that if I fail to seek help than I render myself and them, powerless.
A LOST SOUL
John Smith (not his real name) was recently in the cells at Mildura Police Station. I had a long talk with him while he was here about his ice habit. He has a $500 a day habit and of course you can't fuel that kind of expense by legitimate means and so he was in our cells for a very good reason, and a lot of people in Mildura have lost a lot of their private property because of him....... Property that was on-sold to a dealer for another shard of ice. But John is not what you may think. He's not some loser that you would cross the road to avoid. He is intelligent, well spoken and well educated. He could have been anything he wanted. He hates ice with a passion and wishes he never touched it. He had a family and his own business. Now he has nothing but a girlfriend who is also an ice addict. He would steal from anyone (although he ruled out little old ladies) and has a seriously broken moral compass. He says he wan'ts to get off ice but can't. He said he knows everything it has done to him but as much as he hates it, if I was to put a point in front of him now, he would be all over it. Such is the draw of this drug. John just doesn't care what happens to him. He's given up. He's a lost soul. Even prison won't shake his habit. John says he can still get it in there. So what do we do about John. Well to be honest I don't know. Hopefully he will take up rehab in prison, but I doubt it. I wish I had a magic wand to wave over him to get him off it. I have no doubt he would become a useful and productive member of society and would be in a much happier place. Its sad to see a human being waste a life.
All I can do is to ask you, yes you, to spread the word about this drug to your family and to your friends, so that if or when they or anyone they know is offered ice, they will make an informed decision. Please work with us to try and keep people away from this drug. Please spread the word. There is more info on this page if you are interested.
Tony (not his real name) was a resident of Mildura until recently. He first tried ice about 12 months ago. He loved how it made him feel and started taking it frequently. He took it twice a week on a regular basis. "I would have taken it every day even several times a day if I had the money, but I didn't. I could only afford it twice a week. But I know that if I did have the money, I would have been on it all the time. As much as I could afford…" Even on two 'points' a week, Tony could not sleep and only ate infrequently. He picked arguments with family and friends and occasionally these developed into physical violence. He would flare into a rage at the drop of a hat. Tony recently moved to Broom WA for work. "There's no 'ice' here in Broom, or not that I have seen, so I have had to come off it. I now hate the stuff. I wish I'd never taken it. It had it's hooks into me and I lost a year of my life. I feel lucky to have gotten free of it.
PROJECT ICE MILDURA SUPPORTERS:
Mildura Rural City Council
Northern Mallee Community Partnership
Mildura Base Hospital
Sunraysia Community Health Services
Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Mildura Justice Centre
Mallee Sexual Assault Unit & Domestic Violence Services
Department of Human Services
Department of Justice, Mildura Court Fund
Red Cliffs Lions Club
Northern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network
Collie & Tierney