Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today hosted the first Ice Action Group meeting in Tamworth following the Ice Forum held in January this year.


Mr Anderson said he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of those who attended the first meeting and their willingness to attack this issue head on.


“Today we heard what each of the attendees can bring to the group and learnt where we all fit in the current process.


“It was fantastic to see different parties able to have open discussion about how this issue is affecting our community and what challenges different organisations face in fight back against ‘ice’.


“There was a clear understanding that this is a very complex issue and it will take a coordinated local approach if we are to solve the issues caused from ‘ice’ in the community but we are now getting a clearer picture of what our first steps need to be.


“It will take a combination of effective education, adequate support and rehabilitation. A key focus of what needs to be done is the education component, getting to those who are at high risk of engaging and hopefully giving them the tools that will help them make the decision not to take drugs.


“The actions following today’s meeting are to gather data from local health, police and education services to assist in identifying the number of people presenting to frontline services affected by methamphetamines and the black spots in what services are available and how to access them.


“This is not a perceived problem, it’s a real problem and we’ve got to fix it. I have confidence the Ice Action Group will be instrumental in implementing the change that is need to beat this insidious drug.”


In addition to today’s actions, Police are coordinating a youth forum to discover how we reach out to younger people.


The Ice Action Group will reconvene in April to discuss their findings and establish further steps towards combating the spread of ‘ice’ for local people by local people.

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