National taskforce hears the drug ice is taking a massive toll on regional health workers

The national taskforce set up to tackle the scourge of crystal methamphetamine or ice has heard the drug is taking a massive toll on frontline health workers in regional and remote areas.

The taskforce has begun consultations and has met with regional health organisations.

Professor Richard Murray is the Dean of the College of Medicine at James Cook University and a member of the taskforce. He has told Lindy Kerin health workers have reported feeling ill equipped to deal with the problem.

RICHARD MURRAY: Ice is a highly addictive substance. It's becoming increasingly available all around the country, but including in regional areas, relatively easy to get hold of, in many places quite effective it would seem systems of distribution.

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