Too close for comfort. 'Ice' Inquiry comes to Moree

Moree and the Moree Plains Shire Council which borders Goondiwindi, has the fourth-highest rate of possession and/or use of amphetamines in NSW.

The figures show possession and/or use of the drug in the Moree Plains LGA is almost three times the state average, with 267.6 people using or in possession of it per 100,000, compared to the NSW average of 92.1.

As a result, Moree is one of six regional locations chosen for public hearings as part of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the drug 'Ice'.

The Moree hearing will be held at Moree Court House on Thursday and to gather evidence about crystal methamphetamine use in the region. A particular focus of the hearing will be the impacts on children and young people and Indigenous communities, as well as access to treatment and support services in the region.

Individuals and organisations in Moree which deal with the impacts of the drug, particularly on young people and families, will provide evidence during the hearing, including representatives from the Department of Communities and Justice and Aboriginal Legal Service, as well as drug and alcohol service providers and rehabilitation workers.

The Special Commission was established by the state government to inquire into the nature, prevalence and impacts of crystal methamphetamine and other illicit amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) in NSW. It will also look at the adequacy of current measures to target illicit ATS and options to strengthen the state's response, including law enforcement, education, treatment and rehabilitation options. The Commissioner, Professor Dan Howard SC, said data shows that people in remote and very remote areas are two and a half times more likely to use meth/amphetamines than those in major cities.

"The Commission wants to hear directly from witnesses about what is driving this drug use, the impacts of that use, and the strategies, services and community-led initiatives that might improve outcomes for the people of Moree," he said.

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