Driving home last night, I heard a report on Triple J’s Hack program that absolutely floored me.
The current affairs program recently covered the issue of ice abuse in regional Australia; and it was this report that uncovered another disturbing trend among young female and male users of the drug.
Listeners told the program that the drug crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, isn’t just being used to get high, it’s also being used to lose weight.
“You’re seeing girls who used to be a bit chubby and now they’re 10 kilos, 15 kilos less within a year… you’ve got the added addiction of the weight loss and then you’ve got the addiction of the most dangerous drug in the world.” – James, Gippsland
One caller, a high school teacher (who wanted to remain anonymous) in regional Australia, told Hack she’s seeing students turn to ice to solve negative body image problems.
“its almost a beginners level drug nowadays” – disturbing stuff on @triplejHack about the use of drug ice in regional Australia.
— Emily hilton (@emilyhilton) February 20, 2014
Hack reporter Sarah McVeigh also spoke to Jess* (not her real name), who first tried ice two years ago when a friend suggested she try it to lose weight.