Ice Support CQ
ICESUP - Supporting Families who have a loved one affected by the drug ICE.
Who Are ICESUP?
ICESUP - Ice Support CQ promoting initiatives to assist families who have been pulled into the whirlpool.
We believe in raising community awareness about the dangers of Crystal Methamphetamine.
We are committed to providing support to families who have loved ones caught up with substance abuse of the drug ICE.
We will lobby to have a Detox Facility in the Central Queensland region to give families closer access to treatment options without having to travel to Brisbane or North to Mackay which can be very disrupting for the rest of the family which is already suffering.
We will strive to have Service Providers 'Close the Gaps' in the services they deliver and to make those services known to the public.
ICESUP is totally voluntary so we rely on ourselves and you to make the difference.
What is Ice?
Ice is a stimulant drug, which means it speeds up the messages travelling between the brain and the body. It is a type of methamphetamine, which is generally stronger and more addictive and has more harmful side effects than the powder form known as speed.
Ice usually comes as small chunky clear crystals that look like ice. It can also come as white or brownish crystal-like powder with a strong smell and bitter taste.
Crystal meth, shabu, crystal, glass, shard.
How is it used?
Ice is generally smoked or injected and the effects can be felt in 3 to 7 seconds. It is sometimes swallowed (15 to 30 minutes to feel the effects) or snorted (3 to 5 minutes to feel the effects).
Effects of ice
There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It's important to be careful when taking any type of drug.
The effects of ice can last for around 6 hours, but it might be hard to sleep for a few days after using the drug.
If a large amount or a strong batch is taken, it could also cause an overdose. If any of the following effects are experienced an ambulance should be called straight away by dialling triple zero (000). Ambulance officers don’t need to involve the police.
It can take several days to ‘come down’ from using ice. The following effects may be experienced during this time:
Racing heartbeat and chest pain
Fits or uncontrolled jerking
Extreme agitation, confusion, clumsiness
Sudden, severe headache
Stroke, heart attack or death
Difficulty sleeping and exhaustion
Headaches, dizziness and blurred vision
Paranoia, hallucinations and confusion
Irritability and feeling ‘down’
What ICESUP Does
We know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. We're here to lend an ear to those who need it and share our experiences.
Since the beginning of our Support Group in 2016, we’ve worked hard to help educate families about ICE and offer ways to cope with the ripple effect that can and does destroy families.
We aim to turn the tide on this destructive effect, and in turn, enable a recovery ripple effect
Support/Self Help Group
ICESUP - Ice Affecting Families Capricorn Coast - holds fortnightly meetings at the Community Centre, 80 John Street, Yeppoon Room C.
1st Saturday of the month
10.00am to 12 Noon
3rd Thursday of the month
6.30pm - 8.30pm
We welcome you to come and share your journey with others who understand because they have or are experiencing the same.
ICESUP invites Service Providers and others from the Community to come and explain their role and how families can access their services.
This is to give the members factual information straight from the provider.
Close the Gaps
Collaboration of Services
ICESUP has found that there may be many Services/Service Providers but not much is known about them until one is in the system. To be able to share resources and knowledge. For Services to make themselves known so that the average person can not only find them but also understand what that service offers.