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ICE has become the leading driver behind thefts in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area, as police report a four-fold increase of methamphetamine problems in just two years.

Local service providers have seen the rate of ice abuse rise, leading to an increase in violent and non-violent crimes, relationship breakdown and homelessness.935889-8cc151d2-5b15-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Superintendent Neil Paterson, division commander of the Mornington Peninsula and Frankston area, said the prevalence of ice and associated offences had grown significantly in both areas and had among the highest detection rates of ice among all police service areas.

“Particularly over the past 18 months, the detection of the drug methamphetamine and the trafficking of that drug has increased four-fold in our division, which is a significant increase,” he said.

“Ice absolutely drives the volume crimes we’re currently experiencing.”935943-b0a4fb62-5b15-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

He said there had been an increase in violent crimes, robberies and what police call volume crimes, such as thefts of and thefts from cars.

Salvocare Eastern crisis centre coordinator Lizette McCasker said there had been a “massive increase” in ice addicts using the service.

“I’ve been in this centre for 10 years and in the past 12 months, we’ve noticed an incredible increase in the violence and aggression that comes with ice,” she said.

“We have single people coming in using ice, but we also have mums sometimes coming in saying their money is going on ice, which is leading to housing breakdown.” She said ice users were known to spend their rent on the drug and finding housing for users could be difficult due to the aggressive behavior associated with it.

Peninsula Health’s ­alcohol and other drug service program manager Stephen Bright said most people were treated for ­alcohol use, but the number of people seeking treatment for amphetamine use had ­increased from 15 per cent in the first half of 2012 to 20 per cent for the same period in 2014. (Only amphetamine use was recorded by the centre, instead of methamphetamine.)

Supt Paterson said tradesmen and vulnerable youth were the top two groups of ice users and identified Rosebud, then Hastings and Mornington, as the areas with the biggest problems on the peninsula, while in the Frankston area it was led by Frankston, then Seaford and Langwarrin.936686-163ce6e0-5b18-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Families to get support

Empowering families with information and support is helping fight the scourge of ice.

Drug and alcohol outreach centers provide life-changing support to users, but the Family Drug Support service has focused on helping the users’ loved ones.

The service is coming to Frankston for information sessions and support group meetings until February.

“The heart and soul of FDS is supporting families experiencing the issues that arise with people who use substances,” project officer Michael Miller said.

“Alcohol is the largest problem we have in ­society, but we are seeing a spike in family members coming to us in ­regards to the methamphetamine ice.”

He said changing the conversation from blaming ­addicts and saying “you have a problem” was ­important.

Family members should tell their loved ones dealing with addictions how it ­affects them personally.

There will be three FDS ­information sessions at Frankston Hospital on October 14, 21 and 28, 6-8pm.

Fortnightly support group meetings will follow on Tuesdays, 6-8pm, from November 11.

Details: 0448 169 205.937471-f7d44d36-5b19-11e4-9353-adbcffafddf7

Shattered mother a witness to son’s sad decline

A Bayside mum says her 28-year-old son is a shadow of his former self after turning to ice three years ago.

The drug has claimed his marriage and now the tradesman only works sporadically because he can sleep up to 48 hours at a time.

It has been devastating for his mum, Sue (not her real name).

“You can feel very helpless, not all the time, but sometimes,” she said.

“As a parent, no matter how old your child is, you still want to help them, but you can’t.

“They’re adults and they make their own choices.”

A cruel twist has been the lasting effects that has left her son quieter, constantly fatigued and slightly more hostile when he is not using the drug.

“When he’s had some (ice), he’s normal and he’s like my son from five years ago,” she said.

“Families can influence. I firmly believe I can make a difference.

“I’m not sure how long it will last, but as a parent I’m in it for the long haul.”

Sue attends the Family Drug Support service. She said many parents were in worse situations than hers.

“You’re not the only one ­experiencing this,” she wanted to tell other families.

“There’s just so many people affected.

“Learning about ice helps me feel more settled. It doesn’t change the situation, but it helps.

“Ice doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter what your background is.”

Sue said she concentrated on having an open and honest relationship with her son, but had cut him off financially.

“I feel like it’s a war,” she said.

“I don’t win the battles, there’s a lot of battles, but I feel like it’s not about winning the battles, it’s about winning the war … but I don’t know when that will happen.”

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DID YOU KNOW?

Ice is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It is a type of methamphetamine, which is generally stronger, more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form known as speed.

 

Source: Australian Drug Foundation.

 

FIND HELP

Frankston and Mornington Drug and Alcohol Service provides counseling and treatments. Contact 1300 665 781.

Stepping Up Consortium in Frankston provides alcohol and drug counseling services. Contact 1800 888 236.

The Family Drug Support Service hotline is 1300 368 186 and provides information to help people understand different stages of drug abuse.

 

 

 

 

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