A front page story in the Herald Sun on March 23 claims that suburban and country football players are allegedly using the drug ICE to enhance their performance, with some players even being supplied by coaches.
The article states that players are allegedly using the drug immediately before playing, to help them be more aggressive and confident. Just as drug users in the workplace are putting themselves and work colleagues at risk, footballers who take ICE before playing are putting their own lives in danger. And their increased aggression means they are also putting rival team members in increased danger of injury.
A Victorian Government inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ICE, backs the Herald Sun’s claims. The inquiry, which was released in September 2014, highlighted that the use of methamphetamines is not uncommon in sportspeople and in sporting and recreation clubs.
To read the fully Herald Sun article, go to the Herald Sun’s website.