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ABOUT CRACKS IN THE ICE

Cracks in the Ice is a national online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based and up-to-date information and resources about crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) for the Australian community. This website is a great first step in exploring your needs and finding out more about crystal methamphetamine, but it does not take the place of talking to a health professional. This website is not a counselling service and it doesn’t offer diagnoses of problems or specific treatment. There are several suggestions about the next steps that may be relevant for you if you require further assistance.

THE CRACKS IN THE ICE APP

Download the app to stay updated with the latest information and resources about crystal methamphetamine. This app is designed to provide succinct, and useful information to respond to crystal methamphetamine related issues. The app allows you to access this information even when you’re offline. It is available on Android and Apple devices.

a note on language

On this website, you will see the terms “crystal methamphetamine” and “ice” both used to describe the same drug. Crystal methamphetamine is the chemical name for the drug whereas ‘ice’ is the shorthand name (or street name) commonly used in Australia. In general, the first time we refer to the drug in any text or topic area we use the term crystal methamphetamine or we use both terms. Following this, use is guided by context and readability.

The language people use to describe those who use drugs can influence how these individuals feel about themselves and others. Stigmatising language (e.g. labels like “addict” and “drug user/abuser”) can reinforce negative stereotypes, make people feel ashamed and prevent them from seeking help. Find out more about helpful and unhelpful language here. For specific guidance for media professionals reporting on stories about drugs like crystal methamphetamine, click here.

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