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Must win ICE fight

By DEAN LAWSON

We wait with anticipation to see what tactic authorities use to try to stop the spread and impact of the illicit drug crystal methamphetamine, ICE, if campaigns involving public education and awareness fail.

Despite the message getting out that this hideous drug is a killer, maimer and destroyer of families, alarm bells continue to ring loudly across regional Victoria, including the Wimmera.

This drug is vicious and surely, considering the dissemination of information and warnings, everyone knows the dangers. Yet the drug seems to be readily accessible, especially in the ‘right’ circles, and there appears to be a willing market of impressionable people for unscrupulous dealers to exploit.

Regional communities are in the front line in this fight. Apart from an understanding of what ICE can do and what support services are available for victims, they need a firm and clear strategy on the best way to work with authorities to break the back of this insidious criminal industry.

It is not good enough for governments to simply acknowledge that the problem exists and to concentrate efforts on informing, educating and ultimately, picking up the pieces.

To use an old police cliché, it is always better to cut the head off a snake and while we see this unfolding with major drug busts on our ports, authorities cannot ignore what is happening in the regions.

This means we need firm and brave leadership from Spring Street. It must provide police with greater enforcement power, resources and direction to tackle the problem in regional areas.

 

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Posted on Mar 25 2015

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