MORE Territorians are seeking help for addiction to amphetamines, including ice, and rehabilitation services are beginning to crack under the pressure.

Newly released figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the number of people seeking help for addiction to amphetamines in the Northern Territory increased from 279 in 2013/14 to 426 last financial year.

Darwin’s proximity to Asia and Northern Australia’s porous borders played a role in the prevalence of ice, Mr Franck said.

“And we’re so sparsely populated in the NT, particularly out in the rural areas that it’s harder for the long arm of the law to be out there and there’s more scope for baddies to do what they want to do,” he said.

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