As the dangerous drug ‘ice’ continues to be a threat to our community, the Sunshine Coast Daily’s four-part series with the University of the Sunshine Coast examines the impact of the drug with those who are battling it on the front lines.
The Sunshine Coast’s top medical experts are warning the damage already being done by the deadly drug ice – or methamphetamine – could lead to a rise in serious mental illness for users, even if they eventually shake their addiction.
Dr Wayne Herdy, a Coast GP with more than 30 years of experience, said he had never seen a drug take hold of a community as ice has.”I think it is incredibly easy to get ice, in quite a number of public bars,” Dr Herdy said.
“The number of patients that we are seeing on ice now has escalated quite dramatically, especially in the last three years.”
In the first part of this series, the former lover of an ice user described the drug’s availability as an “epidemic” on the Sunshine Coast, with sellers routinely offering it as “you walk down the street”.