Street poll: How should we deal with ice epidemic?

IT'S one of the most vexing questions facing society today.

And it's not just in Australia. The problem of methamphetamine - ice in particular - has become a global one which has authorities everywhere scrambling to find a solution.

We all know that ice can change a person's life forever - for the worse - and yet people are still manufacturing the terrible stuff, and people are still consuming it.

Our police have worked very hard over a period of years to try to combat the plague, but every time a lab is found and shut down another one opens up somewhere else.

Our government has recently announced it will spend millions trying to find a way to stop the plague and this initiative is where every single one of us can help.

We took to the streets to ask Gladstone residents how the ice epidemic should be dealt with.

Here's what they had to say:

Dave Butterworth: We need to tackle it at the source - that means the people manufacturing it and the places where it's made. The government needs to step up funding on education too.

Troy Thompson: What do you do mate? There is no getting around it. Yes, I see it a fair bit.

I think it's here to stay mate because it's so easy to produce and they are selling it cheap.

It's not the dealers that make the money, it's the ones who are cooking it that have got the dough.

Chelsea Darling: I know ice is not good. I heard most about it at school, about its effects on the body and how it can make you feel like you have bugs beneath your skin.

No, I'm not aware of how bad it is here and in society. I've not had a personal interaction.

Jeff Smith: I don't think you are going to beat it. I'm not right up with it but it's like any drugs, if you try to put a stop to it more comes out.

I don't think they are going to be able to stop it. I am aware of the issue, read it in newspapers and that ice is very dangerous.

Julie McWilliams: It needs more community education and free access to drug and alcohol services, especially services to youth.

It's not an easy problem to try and solve. A multi-level response is required.

Shaun Mullings: Shoot 'em. It's a dirty drug, they all are. A few drinks and a few friends and life is beautiful.

I have been in Gladstone for the last 10 years and I haven't had a problem with drug addicts because I don't hang around with drugged up idiots.

How should the ice epidemic be dealt with?

This poll ended on 19 September 2015.

Current Results

More policing and harsher penalties

41%

Better treatment for addicts

5%

Target the people making it

37%

More education so people don't get hooked in first place

16%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Wayne Knowles: Abbott keeps talking about chasing down the dealers. The problem with that is one dealer falls and another takes their place.

We need to go after the big guns - the ones at the top of everything. The problem with ice is that it's so addictive, it's a hard problem to deal with.

Jamie Tattersall: Zero tolerance. That means harsh penalties and more rights to police to combat it.

It has to be done because it has become an epidemic that is causing social and economic hardship for communities.

What is most responsible is the cultural acceptance of party drugs and it has got out of hand.

Aaron Mulhane: I think they should lower the amount of work people do and the intensity of work they do.

People get depressed and ice lets them escape their average lives. I think in an industrial town it is a big part of it.



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