Breaking the ice on Victoria’s methamphetamine crisis

  3 February 2020  360Edge   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

There is a lot of misinformation out there about the drug ‘ice’:

  • Does ice really give you superhuman strength?
  • Does everyone on ice get aggressive?
  • Can you get addicted after using just once?

These are just some of the tough questions dealt with in 360Edge’s ice training, delivered under Victoria’s Ice Action Plan and rolling out right across Victoria until the end of May 2020.

“We get terrific feedback about this workshop. The average satisfaction rating is 9 out of 10. There’s a 60% increase in knowledge, skills and confidence in responding to people who use ice,” said 360Edge Director, Professor Nicole Lee.

There are tailored training sessions for alcohol and drug workers, mental health workers, as well as frontline workers from health, welfare, education and transport sectors. Already more than 7,500 people have undertaken the training.

Professor Lee says that evaluation data also shows significant reductions in pessimism towards people who use ice, which helps to reduce stigma around the drug and improve treatment outcomes.

Some of the most popular topics covered are:
– How methamphetamine works in the brain
– How to talk to someone on ice
– How to respond to complex behaviours.

“Interest in our ice training has not slowed down. There’s a lot of concern out there, and people are keen to learn how to respond better,’ said key trainer, Sandra Simpson.

If you missed the sessions last year there are still places near you in Craigieburn, Werribee, Melbourne CBD and other locations.

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By 360Edge.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by 360Edge. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.