Police applaud $150m move against Ice
By JANE GARDNER and AAP
THE region's top cop has welcomed a $150 million plan to eradicate the insidious drug Ice from Australia.
Superintendent Bruce Lyons said the frightening reality of the cheap and widely available form of amphetamine was it often caused ordinary people to commit horrible crimes.
"Ice is extremely dangerous and very accessible and cheap," Supt Lyons said.
"We have had people who have turned themselves in for committing very serious offences after they have come down from using Ice."
The Howard Government's four-year $150 million package includes a major boost to the Government's law enforcement efforts, further support for non-government rehabilitation services and money for drug education.
More than $38 million will go to boosting police resources to tackle the methamphetamine problem in Australia and overseas.
Supt Lyons said the number of Ice-related offences in the Northern Rivers was rising.
"We have noticed it is linked to particularly violent crimes, such as home invasions and aggravated assaults where weapons are involved," he said.
"It is very easy to get addicted and people who experiment with it have their lives torn apart."
Supt Lyons said the Government's commitment to funding education programs was great news.
"To deal with this Ice problem, like any other drug problem, education is paramount," Supt Lyons said.