“Breaking the Ice” forum

POSTERS: Heather Ritchie has been promoting the upcoming Breaking the Ice Forum to be held in October. Posters were printed for free by “Signs by Design”.

POSTERS: Heather Ritchie has been promoting the upcoming Breaking the Ice Forum to be held in October. Posters were printed for free by “Signs by Design”.

The local Young CDAT “Breaking the Ice” Committee is gearing up to start promoting their “Breaking the Ice” Forum which is to be held on October 12 at 6pm at the Young Town Hall.

“The aim of the Forum is to create an awareness and provide information to the community on Methamphetamines (Ice) and other drugs,” committee chairperson, Heather Ritchie said.

While there will be information on what is “Ice” and its effects, we also want to make sure that we provide plenty of information on how to get help... - Heather Ritchie

The idea for the forum came as a result of a “round table” discussion that was held last year.

The discussion was attended by a broad range of representatives from schools, health and welfare agencies, justice services and the local police.

It was agreed that there was sufficient evidence to show that the use of methamphetamines and other drugs was an emerging problem for Young and surrounding towns.

“We have spent several months planning this forum,” Heather said.

 “We want to make sure that we have excellent speakers and cover a wide range of topics that we think the community will be interested to hear about.

“While there will be information on what is “Ice” and its effects, we also want to make sure that we provide plenty of information on how to get help that will be useful for both users and families who are supporting someone who has become addicted to the drug,” Heather said.

The committee is in the process of putting together information packages that will be available at the forum.

Also as a lead up to the forum, information and facts on “Ice” will be made available through the local media.

Earlier this year Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson announced that Directions ACT Alcohol and Drug Services, in partnership with the Ted Noffs Foundation, had been awarded the $1.4 million contract to deliver the new ice treatment services.

Whether you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol or other drugs, you can call Alcohol Drug Information Service any time of the day for support, information, counselling and referral to services in NSW.

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