Maria said she doesn't want to use the drugs and she 'wants to be clean', but the town 'is a drug den'. Drug use from generation to generation can be highly prevalent in country towns. I don't want to do this, it just drives me insane'. In the regional town 'grandmothers and mothers are doing drugs,' Maria said. Ice Breaker's Ms Gordon said ice is particularly dangerous because it affects everyone — this means children can also access the drug and get addicted.
Lizzie, another grandmother addicted to ice, lives in the same block as Maria. Penny, a heavily pregnant year-old, said a life of drugs is all she's known and admitted to smoking ice three or four times a day Penny, a heavily pregnant year-old, said a life of drugs is all she's known. Ice Breaker's Ms Gordon said ice is particularly dangerous because it affects everyone — this means children can also access the drug and get addicted 'I've lived a life that this is all I've known, this is all I've been shown.
Stefan Gruenert, a Psychologist from substance abuse treatment service Odyssey House Victoria, told ACA that drug use becomes a normal part of daily functioning for some people 'It's often inter-generational — parents have been using alcohol or heroin or drugs pretty heavily, their children grow up in that environment.
The crisis has reached boiling point in the farming town which is home to 17, people. An elderly woman has revealed how she was 'chased down the street by a man with a running chainsaw' after making hundreds of complaints about the dealing in her street. Mandy, 68, who declined to give her last name, claims there are eight meth dealers in her street - and said in the past ten years her town has been 'destroyed' by drugs.
The farming community is currently in crisis mode as it has been revealed children as young as 10 are addicted to the drug. Teenagers are being force-fed meth so they can stay awake at school and drug dens forging the deadly substance are operating out of family homes. Arrests have surged in the past three years, going from 65 in to in the past 12 months, nearly 10 per cent of the farming town's population. An month sting by police resulted in the arrests, including eight locals for drug trafficking.
Wellington, New South Wales: Wellington in western NSW has such a sordid history with crystal methamphetamine that it has come to be known as 'little Antarctica'. The television program 'Ice Wars' centered on the tiny town of 4, The mother of one addict revealed she kept her money safe by 'sleeping with her purse' to keep it away from her son. The meth crisis saw a youth worker and former corrections officer from Katherine in the Northern Territory fired last year - after he was caught driving with ice in his system.
Katherine which is south of Darwin has been labelled the meth capital of the NT. The huge drug problem in Smithton, Tasmania prompted the documentary Two Trains which features Jacqui Lambie talking about her son's addiction.
The Gippsland tourist town of Sale has been described as being 'riddled' with ice addicts - with young professionals, tradies and university students picking up the pipe. In police revealed the drug was so popular in the town people were 'making it in the back of cars' before selling it on the street.