Seriously, why on earth would you do ice? | Editorial

Why on earth would you do Ice?

Crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride is a filthy drug. 

It is made in toilet bowls. It is mixed in filthy buckets. It is peddled at street level by the worst people in our society.

It can be smoked, injected and snorted.

It is highly addictive, can cause stroke, memory loss, anorexia, heart problems and sleep problems.

It can make you look years older than you are, damage your teeth and cause disgusting skin lesions.

It is highly addictive, causes hallucinations and paranoia. Users often become aggressive and violent.

Why on earth would you do Ice?

Police say they are doing their best to combat the ice scourge, but admit they need help.

Police across Australia have called it a "whole of community" problem, but on occasion they're still not getting support of the community.

This week, the Mudgee LAC busted a 47-year old Gulgong man with the drug.

The police will allege the ice – with a street value of approximately $14,000 – was destined for the streets of Gulgong. 

The Mudgee region needs to stand against having this disgusting drug on our street and increase awareness about the dangers of ice.

The pervasive drug has invaded communities throughout the Central West (and the rest of Australia) in recent years, killing users, wrecking lives, destroying families, creating a new class of addicts - some after only one hit - and sparking its own crime wave.

Use of ice, or methylamphetamine, and fentanyl and other pharmaceutical drugs is rising. Governments have mounted national and statewide campaigns to fight the ice problem.

But, it is not a battle won quickly or easily. It will be a long war. 

NSW Police recently launched a new front in that war. 

The “Not Our Way” campaign focuses attention on warning signs families and friends can use to identify if a loved one is in drug danger.

Spotting a drug problem early on and acting firmly to treat it would limit – and hopefully eliminate – some of the horrors that ripple through society from use and addiction.

It is well and truly time we all became soldiers in the war against ice.