From dealing with 90% alcohol and ganja the small drug organisation DASA in Alice Springs is overwhelmed by a substance far more insidious, taking up half of its case load now. From being mostly used by whites it is also spreading right through Aboriginal society, in town and country. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo courtesy Alice Springs police.
UPDATE October 8: Comment by psychologist PHIL WALCOTT
After a four-month operation local detectives have dismantled an elaborate criminal network involved in trafficking ecstasy, ice, steroids and testosterone from South Australia to Alice Springs, according to a police media release today.
There is evidence and growing concern about a rise in injecting drug use and related harm within Aboriginal communities, including in more remote areas of Australia, writes Associate Professor James Ward (pictured).