A powerful government investigation into a worsening crystal methamphetamine epidemic in Australia is to examine its impact on Aboriginal communities. The New South Wales Special Commission of Inquiry into the drug was set up last year.
“It does not take long for ice to cause damage, a public service announcement running on Australian media warns.
Crystal methamphetamine, known in Australia as ‘ice’ is highly addictive. It is usually injected or smoked, and its immediate effects are intense pleasure and clarity of thought. But when the drug wears off users can suffer paranoia and hallucinations, as well as stroke and heart failure.
Addiction made Julie Danser’s son aggressive and unpredictable. “He was very violent like breaking in, like kicking doors and that sort of thing because he would want money for his addiction. He never hurt me physically, but he was scary,” she said.