Barcaldine Police help put the freeze on ice

Barcaldine Police say dangerous drugs and in particular ‘ice’ isn’t just a policing problem, but a community problem and are currently the lead agency in a multi-agency response to bring ice education and awareness to the entire Longreach Patrol District.

The QPS have motivated and encouraged a network of stakeholders which include the local regional councils in the district, Blue Light Association and South West Alcohol and Other Drug Services (AODS) to bring the Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC) to the west.

The workshop presenters are people who have been successfully rehabilitated from ice addiction and have undergone specific dual diagnosis training including evidence based best practice in dealing with people and family members who are struggling with ice related problems.

Starting June 18, AAIC together with QPS, Blue light Association and AODS will complete a tour of the Longreach District. The tour involves five townships receiving community forums and every student from years 7-12 in the district receiving the education. A skype session at the Longreach School of Air has also been included, so our remote students don’t miss out.

Inspector Mark Henderson said that community education and early intervention is the key proactive response to aiding communities to reduce meth use.

“Education and awareness plays a fundamental role in assisting parents to identify the tell tale signs of drug use in their families and also in assisting  people to make the right choices when it comes to the use of dangerous drugs and in particular ice,” Inspector Henderson said.

“We are excited to be working with AAIC and together we can combat this terrible ice age.”

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