WIMMERA Drug Action Taskforce will host training sessions for professionals dealing with crystal methamphetamine users in Stawell and Horsham next month.
Taskforce co-ordinator Brendan Scale said the sessions in Horsham on March 19 and Stawell the following day would be run by health organisation Anex.
"From our perspective crystal methamphetamine or ice has been around for quite a while and it is becoming more prevalent," he said.
"The main message is that we know anecdotally that ice is quite widespread across the Wimmera and probably more widespread than any other illicit drugs.
"This training is targeting any professionals who have contact with people who are substance users, including welfare workers, police, paramedics, hospital staff and educators."
Mr Scale said crystal methamphetamine could have a destructive impact on the community.
"It is highly addictive because it gives people such a euphoric feeling and also paranoia can come with it," he said.
"Because people are using up all their happy hormones in one hit, it can take a while for them to feel a sense of well-being again.
"Probably the biggest concern to the community is the social impact because users can go without sleep for a number of days and when a human goes without sleep they can be incredibly irritable, exhausted and not very pleasant to be around."
Mr Scale said the taskforce was considering hosting a community information session on crystal methamphetamine.
He said people could call Grampians Community Health on 5362 1200 for more information about the drug or the training sessions.