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The Breaking Bad Meth Epidemic Crippling Rural Australia

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  If you think the scourge of methamphetamine abuse is limited to what you see in the hit television series Breaking Bad, think again. Meth, a highly addictive and corrosive drug which also goes by street names like "ice", "glass" and "shards"

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Kids On Ice - "Mum locked the door on me and I remember thinking... if I get in there I will hurt her for money" Subscribe to Journeyman for news and science reports every weekday: htpp://youtube.com/journeymanpictures For downloads and more information visit: http://www.journeyman.tv/68064 Quiet towns across rural Australia are in the grip of an Ice epidemic. Major international drug cartels are working with local outlawed motorcycle gangs to push crystal meth to a captive market of children. "It's dark. It's scary. It's dirty... You don't eat, you don't sleep. Life's chaotic", says 19-year-old Aaron, a recovering Ice addict. Aaron began using Ice when he was 15 and soon got addicted to the enormous dopamine hit, unrivalled by any other drug. He explains how at his lowest point on the drug, "I tried to hang myself in my mum's shed". Aaron's story is not unique. In the last year 350,000 Australians have smoked, snorted or injected crystal methampehtamine, and the problem is getting worse. In a community of 4,000, one in ten are using the drug. "There's been reports of 10-year-olds presenting at the Emergency Department here", says one clinical nurse. Orphan Jake saw his fortunes turn when he was recruited to deal by a motorcycle gang when he was only 11-years-old. "It seemed like the best decision I ever made. It was like winning the lotto or getting a licence to print money", he says. In areas with a desperate lack of treatment facilities and under resourced or non-existent police, a generation is being condemned to a life of drug abuse and crime. ABC Australia - Ref 6324 Journeyman Pictures is your independent source for the world's most powerful films, exploring the burning issues of today. We represent stories from the world's top producers, with brand new content coming in all the time. On our channel you'll find outstanding and controversial journalism covering any global subject you can imagine wanting to know about.