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Peninsula Health breaks the ice

Kurt uses meth to fuel binges of adventurous sex, but his risk-taking soon shatters his perception that he is in complete control….

Kurt’s story is one of six personal stories that feature in a DVD, ‘Break the Ice, produced by Peninsula Health as part of a state-wide program that aims to raise awareness about the effects of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS).

The Break the Ice DVD was developed in partnership with Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, Access Point, Australian Drug Foundation and the Victorian Aids Council.

It will be initially launched in Victoria with the aim of being released nationally.

The DVD will be launched at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ACMI, at Federation Square on Wednesday and forms part of Peninsula Health’s Aware of Amphetamines project.

The project which was funded by the Federal Government, targets users of amphetamines with the hope of reducing the harm caused to individuals, their families and the community.

Simon Ruth, Director of Complex Care Services for Peninsula Health Community Health, says the DVD will be targeted at the gay and lesbian community.

“Currently there is no resource specifically targeted at this particular community that promotes the signs of problematic drug use,” said Simon.

“Most users don’t identify themselves as having a problem, seeing it as a lifestyle choice practiced on weekends and holidays.”

“What users don’t realise is that there are a range of harms that can occur prior to addiction that can affect people including health issues and exhaustion. These can put their jobs and relationships at risk.”

“The characters in ‘Break the Ice’ are everyday people. Characters to whom our target audience can relate,” added Simon.

“We hope the DVD will become a social engagement tool that can address the issue of amphetamine use in the community,” said Simon. “Our aim is to encourage users, as well as those who know users, to seek treatment before they reach a crisis point or worse,” he said.

For more information about Peninsula Health’s Aware of Amphetamines project contact Peninsula Drug and Alcohol Program on 9784 8100.