Millions for meth ads, crumbs for users

A CONFRONTING $9 million TV ad campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, is more about politics than improving health, doctors say.

The ads are part of a $20 million renewal of the illicit drugs awareness campaign, focusing on ice, announced in the federal budget, which also cut $960 million from health programs, including the flexible funds which support front-line addiction and mental health services.

“We can’t raise awareness, then have more people seeking treatment, but at the same time slashing and burning the treatment sector,” said