COLAC police’s youth resource officer has started a campaign to educate schools about the “insidious nature” of the drug “ice”.
Leading Senior Constable Terry Woodcroft has completed presentations at Colac’s high schools in response to the growing concern surrounding methamphetamine use among Colac’s youth.
Police officers revealed the extent of Geelong’s “ice” problem at a forum this week and
said the drug had become a problem at some underage football clubs.
Sen Const Woodcroft, who is also a Colac Otway Shire councillor, said Geelong’s growing problem with methamphetamine use sparked concerns for Colac.
“That certainly increases my concern up here in Colac,” he said.
“As a result last month and earlier this month I began a series of educational presentations not so much to young people, but to the people working with young people, for example our high school teachers.
“I believe that we have got the time right now to get in early and educate our people who are working with youth to look out for the signs,” he said.
“It’s about forewarning teachers and school staff about just how addictive and insidious this particular substance is.”
Methamphetamine has three basic forms which are generally referred to as “speed”, “base” and “ice”.
Sen Const Woodcroft said “ice” was a purer form of methamphetamine which enhanced its effects and made it more addictive.
“Ice is about 80 per cent pure whereas speed, the powdered form of methamphetamine, is typically about 10 to 20 per cent pure,” he said.
“The person using ice, that very pure form of methamphetamine, because of its purity the effects are stronger, they last longer but the downside is it’s almost a predatory addictiveness.”
A Colac detective told the Colac Herald the city’s Criminal Investigation Unit’s workload had increased due to ice.
Sen Const Woodcroft said drugs like “ice” were stimulants and created behaviour issues for users.
“At its heart methamphetamine is a stimulant and if you compare that for example to heroin use, heroin is an opiate and it is a depressant,” he said.
“Your average heroin user generally speaking, they’re not going to be an aggressive person if they use that drug because it depresses the central nervous system.
“Ice on the other hand, because of its purity and because of its strong effects, it heightens all emotions and the downside is the effect it has on aggression,” he said.
Sen Const Woodcroft said sporting clubs in Colac had expressed interest in his “ice, not even once” presentation.