Ice forum tackles tough addiction issues

THE forum on the drug ice organised by the Katungul health service in Batemans Bay on Friday was a success with around 150 people from all backgrounds attending.

Drug and alcohol mental health outreach worker Steve Jackson said attendees came from around the Eurobodalla Shire as well as from as far as Cowra, Canberra and Eden.

There was a good mix of family members impacted on by ice, health workers and representatives from other government agencies including the police.

Among the guest speakers was James Pitt from drug treatment centre Odyssey House in Sydney.

Mr Jackson said the forum was free flowing with people talking about the journey of ice addiction from first taking the drug to getting involved in help programs and eventually coming through rehabilitation.

His own view, and one shared by many at the forum, was that the Far South Coast needed its own rehabilitation centre to treat drug and alcohol addiction, as currently there was a not a lot of places to go to seek help.

There were now two more forums planned, including one at Eden Marine High School as well as a more general community forum also at Eden, where people would again have a chance to talk about their experiences with the drug ice and to get ideas of where to get help.

If any community members want to express their interest in attending the next two forums, email stephenjackson@katungul.org.au

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