Grants available to tackle ice scourge

WE MUST FIGHT: Ice is the most pure form of methamphetamine with intense reactions but also powerful responses including comedown, the potential for dependence (addiction) and chronic physical and mental problems.

COMMUNITY groups in northern Victoria can apply for grants of up to $10,000 to develop the most effective way to combat ice in their local area.

Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced last week the State Government is providing $500,000 to fund grassroots Community Ice Action Groups across regional and rural Victoria.

The funding will allow community members to come together for the first time to develop local solutions in the fight against ice, and for other groups to build on existing successful locally-based responses.

“Too many lives are being ruined by ice – it’s a devastating drug, with tragic consequences in our local community,” Ms Symes said.

“We’re taking action now, giving users the treatment they need, families the support they deserve and coming down harder on those who sell this drug on our streets.

“The Andrews Labor Government’s Ice Action Plan recognises that the only way we can beat ice is by working with the locals.

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