Anthea Anagnostou was 18 years old the first time she tried the drug ice.
She had just finished year 12 and was celebrating on schoolies in Rosebud with her friends when she accepted an offer from an older girl to try crystallised methamphetamine. She stayed awake for four days. She was hooked.
Five years on, Anthea is still battling the drug and has appeared on A Current Affair this week with her mother Elizabeth to talk about the dangers of ice.
“I had it for the first time (at Schoolies) and probably had the best time of my life if I was to be perfectly honest – unfortunately. And then I just kept chasing that high,” she told reporter Laura Turner.
“To be honest, I didn’t even go to the beach for the week I was there. I didn’t even have an experience like you’d think I was having.”