WHAT’S the real story with ice? is the title of a free community forum 6.30-9pm, Tuesday 4 August, at the Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd, Mornington. It is being presented by Peninsula Voice.
Organiser Peter Orton says there has been a significant increase in public concern about the use of crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice.
“This forum will dispel some of the common myths and will counter the hysteria that has emerged in the media,” he said.
“It will provide empirical evidence regarding the drug and provide people with tangible steps we can each take to move the incidence of addiction in a different direction.”
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana will provide an overview of the prevalence of ice and substance abuse in the state.
Peninsula Health Alcohol and Other Drugs manager Stephen Bright will discuss the key drivers and behaviours for ice and other drug use, as well as the myths of Ice and local resources and support services available.
Australian Drug Foundation Information and Research head Julie Rae will discuss the steps individuals and the community can take to effect meaningful long-term change, and
Master-of-ceremonies and Minds at Work director Jason Clark will act as conversation facilitator.
Mornington Community Information and Support Centre manager Lisa Elliott said those wanting to hold a space in the foyer at the forum should contact her at 320 Main St, Mornington.
“If it is relevant to Ice referrals and you feel the community could benefit from information you have, or they could approach you to ask questions, please let me know,” she said.