Opinion: Blunt warning on crystal meth

Troubling and tragic: Meth can be bought in Perth for less than you would pay for a pizza.
Troubling and tragic: Meth can be bought in Perth for less than you would pay for a pizza.

I write a blunt warning.

Tragically, crystal meth/ice is having a shocking impact on many suburbs and areas of Australia.

It is true to say now that in many parts of Australia, crystal meth/ice is now cheaper to buy than even a takeaway pizza. It is very disturbing.

I write to warn readers of this most dangerous drug and to highlight to readers that it is never worth dabbling with a drug like ice.

It is so dangerous and so addictive.

Ice is tearing a massive number of families apart. This sadly includes damage to a massive number of indigenous communities. In some communities, grandparents, parents and children are all using crystal meth.

There is a very big misconception in the community that alcohol is the big issue for indigenous Australians.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Close to 100 per cent of our clients have been impacted by ice and shock TV ads seem to be having no impact.

You can buy ice in many parts of the country for as little as $5.

We want to see governments everywhere developing rapid response teams to deal with a problem that has frankly gotten out of hand.

People aren’t getting the help they need at the speed that is necessary.

The answers lie in the development of rapid response teams.

We are asking governments everywhere to take action because of the scale of the problem.

Scott Wilson,

CEO, Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council