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Ballina community meeting to discuss crystal methamphetamine use

Date posted: 18 July 2016

A meeting will be held in Ballina, New South Wales (NSW) next month, to provide information about crystal methamphetamine use. Organised by the North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) and in partnership with Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation, the event will be held at the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Club at Kingsford Smith Park on 3 August from 5pm to 8pm.

The event is open to all interested community members and will involve an information seminar regarding crystal methamphetamine, a Q and A panel and community-based discussions regarding crystal methamphetamine in the coastal NSW community.

Sam Booker, a Senior Project Officer with the NCPHN Substance Misuse Program, said the most recent national data from 2013 showed that one per cent of the population had used crystal methamphetamine in the past year, with 25 per cent of those people using it regularly.

Ms Booker said information from emergency departments indicated that people affected by ice were likely to be subjected to increased psychosis which often led to aggression and hostility.

She said the information covered would include: what crystal methamphetamine is and how it affects the brain and the body; why people might use this substance; treatment and support options for people using crystal methamphetamine and how to get family and community support.

‘A number of these community conversations have been held across the region from Tweed to Grafton. Previous events have been well attended, with community members able to hear stories and advice from the [NSW] Local Health District, the NSW Police, Aboriginal organisations and [Elders] and people with lived experience,' she said.

‘In addition, key areas of concern and ideas for community-driven responses have been generated with a number of local working groups being developed following on from these events to drive these ideas for action further.’

Source: Echo Netdaily


Last updated: 18 July 2016
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