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A forum is being held to tackle the scourge of crystal methamphetamine. (file pic)
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A community forum is being organised in Byron Bay to highlight the dangers of methamphetamine, commonly known as ‘ice’.

The ‘Breaking the ICE Byron Community Forum, is being hosted by the BUDDI Community Drug Action Team, and will be held at the Byron Services Club on 13 October from 5.30 to 9pm.

The forum is part of a national awareness campaign to educate communities on how to combat the issues caused by ice in their local areas.

The key message is ‘see the person, not the drug’.

Comedian Mandy Nolan will be MC and there will be a range of guest speakers including Annie Bleeker from the Alcohol & Drug Foundation (formerly Australian Drug Foundation) and Matt Noffs, author of best-selling book Breaking the ICE.

Mr Noffs is the third generation of the Noffs family to be working in drug rehabilitation and drug law reform. His grandfather was Ted Noffs, the founder of Sydney’s Wayside Chapel and the Noffs Foundation.

Other speakers include Mitch Dobbie, the manager Tweed/Byron Drug & Alcohol Northern NSW Local Health District, Sam Booker senior project officer with the North Coast Primary Health Network and Dr Blake Eddington the senior emergency doctor for the Byron Hospital.

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The Breaking the ICE Byron Community Forum is a free event that hopes to inform the Byron community about local treatment options and resources and where to go for assistance.

The evening will show a number of documentary films and slide-shows, along with various guest speakers, a panel session and Q & A. Representatives from local health, mental health, alcohol and drug services, will be present and resources will be available.


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