If you had any doubt about the reality of the oft-reported ice epidemic in Australia, perhaps this special report by Paul Toohey will put all those doubts to rest.
Ice epidemic in Australia just beginning
In a four-week journey that covered 25 towns and cities across Australia, Toohey came across cases of ice addiction that made it clear that Australia’s ice problem isn’t just real, but still in its early stages.
Toohey, along with photographer Gary Ramage, encountered 60 ice addicts, including an HIV-positive man in Perth suffering from ice psychosis who spits at security guards and emergency staff, a 39-year-old woman in Melbourne who has been using ice since 1997, and a recovering ice user in NSW who used to be a drug dealer. An even more heartbreaking encounter is the one Toohey had with a 57-year-old mother from South Australia who had no choice but to quit her well-paying job in the mines so she can take care of her ice-addicted daughter.
The most disturbing of all the assertions made by Toohey in his special report is the one about the ice epidemic in Australia still potentially only beginning. While the government is conducting a nationwide campaign the drug, we are concerned that its efforts may not be enough to end the ice epidemic in Australia.
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