Methamphetamine pure crystals (also known as
Methamphetamine pure crystals (also known as "P") being heated in a glass pipe by a police drugs officer during a controlled demonstration . Martin Sykes

Hogan to host ice forum in Lismore

CLARENCE Valley members have been invited to attend the only regional New South Wales ice epidemic consultation forum with Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash and a member of the National Ice Taskforce to be held in Lismore on Tuesday.

The consultation comes as a result of tireless work by Member for Page Kevin Hogan and off the back of last weeks Northern Rivers Methamphetamines Symposium.

The symposium organised by North Coast Medicare Local addressed the issues of rampant ice usage, detailed cause and affects that the addictive drug has and drew up the basis of a plan to address four pillars of action.

The four pillars included preventing uptake of methamphetamines; reducing supply; reducing the impact of the drug; and building health workforce capacity to deal with the problem.

The Lismore forum sitting will be held at the Lismore Workers Club from 10.30am. To register email kevin.hogan.mp@aph.gov.au or call 6621 4044.

The action plan will be delivered to the consultation and then taken directly to the National Ice Taskforce set up by the Federal Government to deal with what is fast becoming a rampant problem in society.

Mr Hogan who has been working for several years to combat the rising methamphetamines issue in the Northern Rivers says this consultation is a chance for the taskforce to hear about our local issues.

"We've been in touch with many people around the electorate including the Clarence Valley," Mr Hogan said. "Our police, our frontline medical services and our rehabilitation agencies have all been consulted with and will present themselves and their thoughts at Tuesday's forum.

"What is recommended in the consultation will be reported back directly to the National Ice Taskforce."

Hogan said the symposium last week was very educational for him as it opened his eyes to the science behind ice usage and the addictive qualities.

"Ice is not necessarily the drug of choice in the region, but its affect on the community is much more damaging than other drugs," he said. "The symposium gave us a chance to air what we are going to do about this issue.

"The police spoke about what they're doing, and the front line medical services said what they're doing.

"Overall it was a very sobering day for me. The impact of this drug is very severe."



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