Drug forum aims to ‘break the ice’ in Tweed Heads

A SERIES of forums aimed at breaking the state's growing addiction to ice will arrive in the North Coast before travelling to other at-risk communities around New South Wales.

Assistant Health Minister Pru Goward said the NSW Government had partnered with the Australian Drug Foundation to deliver the forums to "high need areas".

Tweed Heads is first off the ranks on March 10.

"We need a whole-of-government, whole-of-community approach to tackle the problem of ice and help local communities understand how best to access information, support and practical resources in their area," Ms Goward said

The forums will bring together police, health services, youth services, Family Drug Support Australia and local non-government drug and alcohol services.

Ms Goward said government had also opened new stimulant treatment services in hospitals and enhanced NGO-led community treatment services in rural and regional communities.

"Strong, informed and united communities are our best defence against this insidious drug that is having a devastating effect in our communities," Ms Goward said.

"The forums form part of a broader strategy to empower communities to work together and enhance the work that the 70 Community Drug Action Teams are already doing with local communities across NSW."

For more information on the forums visit http://www.adf.org.au/breakingtheice.

Anyone with concerns about how ice is affecting them or a loved one can phone the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 422 599. -APN NEWSDESK

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