Ice users would prefer to be & # 39; dead & # 39; then give up the medicine, children from 12 years old struggle with addiction and mothers prostitute themselves to pay for their habit, inquest hears
- One student and four mothers have prostituted themselves to get the medicine
- Resources are scattered thinly because a & # 39; state of despair & # 39; covers the western NSW
- Ice causes crime, violence, learning disabilities and the dropout of families
- The special investigation committee for the drug & # 39; Ice & # 39; in Dubbo heard evidence
Ice users would prefer to be & # 39; dead & # 39; then give up ice, and mothers had pleaded for prostitutes to pay for the drug, a commission that was heard on Thursday.
The special commission of inquiry into the drug & # 39; Ice & # 39; in Dubbo heard that the Western NSW is in a & # 39; state of despair & # 39; with the drug that caused student prostitution, crime, violence, learning disabilities, and family dropout.
The epidemic is becoming so serious that children over the age of 12 are addicted to the drug, and experts say users could be dead within six months if they don't seek help.
The special commission of inquiry into the drug & # 39; Ice & # 39; in Dubbo heard that the Western NSW is in a & # 39; state of despair & # 39; and children from the age of 12 were addicted to the illegal drug (stock image)
The Ministry of Education of NSW reported that in the last ten months a student and four mothers of students had sold themselves for sex to get money to buy illegal drugs, including ice cream, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Senior FACS officer Teena Bonham told the committee that ice users would rather die than give up the drug.
& # 39; Although they hate it and don't want to use it, the thought of not using it is frightening, and they'd rather & # 39; be dead & # 39;, & # 39; reveals Mrs. Bonham.
She said there was a desperation to break the vicious ice circle, and she couldn't imagine for a moment that she had seen a drug consuming people at such a fast pace.
& # 39; They tell me that ice paralyzes their communities, that they have never seen anything like this before & # 39 ;.
The NSW Ministry of Education reported that in the past ten months a student and four mothers of students had sold themselves for sex to get money to buy illegal drugs, including ice (stock image)
Mrs. Bonham said that 79 of the 117 children who were in home care during the period from 2018 to May this year came from houses where parents used drugs.
She said that an extended family and relatives had entered earlier to keep children out of the system.
& # 39; I don't know anything about students who have been up all night and taking care of their anxious siblings because money has been spent on ATS (amphetamine-type stimulants) & # 39 ;, Bianca said Bates, a network supervisor for the department.
A drug and alcohol worker told the hearing that part of the reason why ice cream is so common is because it is often cheaper to buy than a case of beer.
Senior FACS officer Teena Bonham told the committee that ice users would rather die than give up ice (stock)
The committee also heard children up to 12 years old were addicted to ice, but detox agents were not available for children under 16 years of age.
Indigenous users and people living in remote areas also struggled to get help.
Mission & # 39; s Mac River Rehabilitation Coordinator in Madeleine Baker said that juvenile detention was the only way to achieve detoxification by adolescents.
The hearing was told that most users suffered mental health issues, and used the drug as a way to take medication themselves.
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