Boonah to host meth forum

ICE: The community forum at Boonah will provide tools to help combat the drug epidemic.
ICE: The community forum at Boonah will provide tools to help combat the drug epidemic.

SCENIC Rim residents are invited to a community forum on methamphetamines called Breaking the Ice to learn about the drug issue that has infiltrated even the most peaceful rural communities all over Australia.

Queensland Police, the Family Drug Support Service and Crime Stoppers will be presenting the information session at the multimedia room of Boonah State High School at 6.30pm on April 24.

Ipswich district crime prevention coordinator Nadine Webster said the organisations wanted to work with and support the community as well as providing an avenue for people to safely report drug crime.

“We know that there is no community immune to ice and we also know that in rural communities it can be hidden, Sergeant Webster said.

“A lot of people get information from social media and sometimes it’s not quite right.

“I think being better educated on the issue makes people more aware of the risk factors associated with drug use.

“Breaking the Ice is a good opportunity for people to learn what methamphetamine is, what it looks like, what it does and how it affects people.

“When you have that knowledge you can be better armed.”

Sergeant Webster said people often asked how to explain the ice issue to children, so that would be covered in the forum too.

“We will inform people about support services available and who to call for help if you think a loved one might be using drugs,” she said.

She said that many people were afraid to report drug crime for fear of reprisals so Crime Stoppers will explain how these crimes could be reported anonymously.