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Title The Ice age / producer, Stuart Goodman.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 videodisc (approximately 46 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
polychrome rdacc
Series Four corners (Television program)
Notes Off-air recording of the ABC programme broadcast 20/03/06. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Editor, Michael Nettleship ; researcher, Peter Cronau.
Performers Reporter & camera, Matthew Carney.
Summary An investigation into the extent of the methamphetamine problem in Australia, highlighting the need to find the means to cope with the beginning of the 'Ice Age'. Until now, it has been a hidden epidemic. Little is known about its long-term effects, or how to treat its addiction. The alarmingly sharp increase in the use of 'Ice", or crystal methamphetamine, is drawing attention to the problem. Methamphetamine is also known as 'meth' or 'chalk', on which about 73,000 Australians are dependant. The drug is cheap, highly addictive and ultra-powerful. Therefore, 'Ice' is now more popular than heroin, with many former heroin addicts turning to it. The drug is playing havoc with the minds and the bodies of thousands of addicted Australians. As well, it is also big on the party circuit, and is used across the social spectrum. Ice patients filling the hospital emergency wards are psychotic, dangerous, and the most out of control, violent human beings whom attending doctors have ever seen. Health services and governments in Australia are unprepared for the chaos, which 'Ice' has just begun to unleash.
In this programme, hard-core Ice addicts take viewers into their world, on a journey into the dark heart of the 'Ice age' which has hit Australia. Includes footage of a hard-core addict, his habits and his community, an itinerant group who prefer anonymity and who do not show how they source their drugs. They call themselves 'skaters', i.e. one who is on 'high' just going round in circles.
Original Version First released: [Sydney] : Australian Broadcasting Corporation, c2006. Original released in television series: Four corners.
System notes DVD.
Language notes Closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Other author Goodman, Stuart.
Carney, Matthew, 1922-
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Subject Drug addiction -- Australia.
Drug addicts -- Australia.
Ecstasy (Drug) -- Health aspects -- Australia.
Ecstasy (Drug) -- Social aspects -- Australia.
Methamphetamine -- Australia.
Methamphetamine abuse -- Australia.
Amphetamines -- Australia.