Time to take a stance against ice

The Wellington Shire community is being urged to Dob in a Dealer as part of a two-week Crime Stoppers campaign launched in Sale on Monday. Pictured, from left, Crime Stoppers Victoria community manager Peter Brown, Eastern Region Division Six Superintendent Brad Dixon, Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley, Sale police Inspector Robert Wallace, Acting Inspector Chris Pegg, Leading Senior Constable Greg Cogan and Detective Sergeant Ian Marr.ASthe ice problem heats up across the state, Sale police and Crime Stoppers are working with the community to combat the issue.
Nanjing Night Net

Victoria is reportedly home to about 30,000 methamphetamine users, with about 85 per cent of those believed to be on ice.

A two-week intensive Dob in a Dealer campaign was launched in Sale on Monday, urging the local community to report any illegal drug manufacturing or distribution activity.

Crime Stoppers Victoria community manager Peter Brown said calls to Crime Stoppers had resulted in a number of arrests and drug seizures.

“The last financial year there’s been $13.4 million of drugs seized through calls to Crime Stoppers so we know the model works and we’re now rolling it out into Gippsland,” he said.

“Ice is seen as a problem right across the state and across the country.”

While exact figures couldn’t be given, Mr Brown said a high percentage of the $13.4 million in drug seizures was crystal methamphetamine.

He said when the program was launched in Hamilton in the state’s far west, within two weeks there was a $60,000 seizure of ice in Hamilton.

“The model works and we’re just now really trying to empower the community to take a stance,” he said.

Mr Brown said he also wanted to see people using drugs, and their families, receive support and treatment.

Crystal methamphetamine, commonly referred to as ice, is a stimulant that triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, which gives users feelings of euphoria.

It is a highly addictive drug which can cause paranoia and hallucinations and can lead to a range of psychological and physiological problems.

The purity of ice has reportedly increased in the past 15 years, along with its availability, and is now believed to be the preferred form of methamphetamine.

“There’s certainly been a shift in meth users towards ice,” Mr Brown said. “And ice is a pretty nasty sort of drug to deal with.”

Research company Turning Point last month released a report which showed ambulance call-outs for crystal methamphetamine incidents in regional Victoria rose by 27.7 per cent from 231 in 2012/13 to 295 in 2013/14.

While the focus of Dob in a Dealer is gathering drug intelligence, Eastern Region Division Six Superintendent Brad Dixon said they want to see users and family members get the help they need.

“We recognise that it is a health issue and we’re more concerned with the manufacturing and trafficking,” Superintendent Dixon said.

“If we provide support to the users they don’t demand the drug, that’s how you’re going to reduce the harm.”

He said they were looking for information from the community about dealing and manufacturing to target issues surrounding the ice problem.

“We get a lot of intelligence through our arrests and we get a little bit of information from the community,” he said.

Mr Dixon said there was no doubt ice was causing significant harm in the community, with ice commonly linked to other crimes, family violence issues and road trauma.

He said the main focus of the program was to disrupt supply through enforcement.

“To reduce the harm from ice in the community . . . what we need to do is reduce supply and reduce demand,” he said.

Wellington shire mayor Carolyn Crossley welcomed the campaign.

“The Wellington shire would support any program that’s going to assist the wellbeing of our community and we all support the programs that the police instigate for community safety,” Cr Crossley said.

To date, Mr Brown said there had been a 215 per cent increase in drug related reports to Crime Stoppers since the start of the rollout.

“Because the model’s anonymous, you’re never going to know where the dobbing’s coming from,” he said. “And that’s the strength of this model, is the confidentiality of making the call and knowing you’re not going to end up as a witness in a court case.

“So we’re here to call on the community of Sale to, as we say, if you know something, if you see something, to say something, and to call 1800 333 000 or jump online and report anonymously,” Mr Brown said.

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 for a confidential conversation or report securely online at 梧桐夜网crimestoppersvic南京夜网419论坛

If you or someone you know is affected by drug use or addiction, you can phone support services such as Family Drug Help on 1300 660 068, Youth Support and Advocacy Service on 1800 014 446 or the Victorian government’s new Ice Help Line on 1800 ICE ADVICE (1800 423 238).

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