The Harrisons are one of many families across Victoria at the mercy of an ice addiction.

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“My view is it’s no worse here than anywhere else but having said that we are still really discovering how bad it is,” Inspector Rob Wallace said. The Ice Meltdown Project is urging state governments to recognise that community organisations play a vital role in rehabilitation. Inspector McKenzie said the main issues police were dealing with were ice, family violence and mental health. Doveton. But even though use and possession of the drug peaked in 2017, the issue has faded from the headlines. Inspector McKenzie said there was also a major ice problem around Warrnambool. “We’ve been told that 99 per cent of people appearing before courts in Warrnambool, Portland and Hamilton will use the drug ice as a mitigating factor,” he said. It's always around. Read about our editorial guiding principles and the standards ABC journalists and content makers follow. “Now there are three or four people on the corner who are not doing drugs.”. Both locations had an above average rate of about 120 incidents per 100,000 people, with rates skyrocketing by 1,000 per cent over the last decade. People have even stolen charity tins from his counter. "It is everywhere," said Janice Ablett, the manager and founder of the Ice Meltdown Project, a rehabilitation program based in Drouin. Updated Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. But that money is fast running out and the project is now looking at cutting back its services unless another source of funding is found by the end of the year.

The Harrisons are one of many families across Victoria at the mercy of an ice addiction.

"We're struggling to actually get on top of the issue," said Dan Lubman, the director of Turning Point, a national addiction treatment and research centre. But that statistic is not surprising to those who live around the area, who say people are making it in the back of their cars and selling it on the street. "We can't believe it's like this," said Mr Harrison, 73. Crime figures presented to the inquiry revealed possession remains the highest in Sydney's CBD and outer suburbs, with 250 incidences per 100,000 people last year. health, Since the program was established, demand has increased year-on-year, Ms Ablett said.