Ice epidemic: Perth schools tackling drug with online resource kit

Ice epidemic: Perth schools tackling drug with online resource kit

WA high schools are stepping up their efforts in the fight against the drug ‘ice’.

A new online resource kit will help staff educate students about the destruction methamphetamine can cause.

Launching the kit at Applecross Senior High School, Education Minister Peter Collier said it was essential young people were fully informed.

“Crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, is at the extreme end of the drug scale and not widely used by school-aged students, but we simply can’t ignore the damage this drug can cause,” Mr Collier said.

International cricketer Brad Hogg was also on hand to launch the program, along with Health Minister Andrea Mitchell.

Ms Mitchell said the initiative would help make sure students were as informed as possible on the issue.

“As always, the main focus is on ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students and preventing harm,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Schools will be able to make decisions about which drugs they address directly with their students, and that should be based on the age of students and the communities they live in.”