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The damaging effects of ‘ice’ will be at the forefront of community conversation.
To raise awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine use on users and their families, Cardinia Shire Council is hosting two education sessions.
BreakThrough: ice education for families will be delivered at Toomah Community Centre on Thursday 26 October and Thursday 2 November.
The sessions will cover key issues about the drug including its effects on the brain and body, the relationship between drug use and mental health, strategies for dealing with the ice user and access to support and resources.
They are delivered under a joint initiative between Turning Point, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) and the Bouverie Centre.
The local sessions are suitable for both interested community members and families who are directly impacted by ice use.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Brett Owen said the program was a practical and sensitive way for residents to seek advice and access resources and support in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
“Ice addiction, like all addictions, has the power to destroy lives and devastate communities. But, programs like BreakThrough: ice education for families help to break down the enormity of such issues by increasing access to information, resources and support,” Cr Owen said.
Turning Point Director Professor Dan Lubman said the program was an excellent opportunity for three major state-wide services to work together to reduce the harms associated with its use.
“This program aims to provide an insight into what ice is, how it affects people and how to support family members into treatment,” Professor Lubman said.
“We will also provide people with practical approaches in caring for themselves and other family members.”
The sessions will be held at Toomac Community Centre, 18 Golden Green Street, Pakenham, from 4-6pm on Thursday 26 October and Thursday 2 November .
Attendance is free but registration is essential; visit: www.breakthroughforfamilies.com/attendor call 1300 660 068.
If you’re a family member or friend of someone with substance abuse and need support, contact the Family Drug Help, 24-hour confidential telephone service on 1300 660 068.

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