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"The Ice Age" – on Four Corners, 8.30 pm Monday 20 March 2006, ABC TV.
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It’s cheap, highly addictive and ultra-powerful. "Ice", or crystal
methamphetamine, is now more popular than heroin, playing havoc with
the minds and the bodies of nearly 50,000 Australians.
Ice is filling emergency wards with psychotic, dangerous patients, to
the alarm of doctors who thought they’d seen everything. "They’re the
most out of control, violent human beings I have ever seen in my life -
and I’ve been around for a long time," says one. "It makes heroin seem
like the really good old days."
Four Corners goes to the heart of this destructive new epidemic. Reporter
Matthew Carney takes his camera into a netherworld inhabited by hardcore
ice addicts – or skaters as they call themselves – who live for
their next hit.
This tribe of junkies roams the inner city, scoring and shooting up. They
stay manically high for up to a week, without food or sleep. Finally,
they crash and eat, before the welfare cheque arrives and the cycle
starts all over again.
"We’re the fringe-dwellers," says "Mick", whose veins are so wrecked
he can barely find a place to inject. His mate "Mattie" can’t imagine
life without ice: "It just seems to find me, it’s like everywhere I go,
it’s there… who knows what’s gonna happen in 10 years’ time mate?"
"Lenore" boasts 23 personalities, each with its own name. She obsessively
sorts through rubbish for days on end when she’s on ice. It’s her
way of making order out of her chaos. Asked what would stop her from
using ice, she replies: "Death."
Another friend, "John", is covered in scabs. He picks constantly at his
skin to rid himself of "ice bugs" that he imagines to be living inside
him, the result of a bad batch of ice. His delusion is common among
Ice isn’t only a cheap drug for hardcore addicts. It’s also big
on the party circuit and is used across the social spectrum. "Jason"
used to be a computer engineer earning good money. Now, he’s trapped
between the ice he needs to get himself going, and the heroin he uses
to settle himself down.
Remarkably, authorities appear to be ill-prepared to stop the ice wave
that is sweeping the country. Australia has no dedicated treatment
programs. Jails are the main rehab facilities. There are no legal
substitute drugs. Research funds are scarce.
To prepare this report Matthew Carney followed groups of ice users
over the summer. His extraordinary degree of access - revealing the
participants’ candour and confronting behaviour – will challenge
and unsettle viewers.