Adam Shand At Large. takes you into the curious mind of Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist and author Adam Shand. Adam brings an independent and forthright view of our world fashioned from 35 years of journalism. This is a search for truth in engaging human stories from voices you rarely hear in Australian media. No brief, no limits, just stories that matter to you.
Methamphetamine, commonly known as ice, is a scourge facing Australians of all ages and walks of life. It's highly addictive and readily available and it's become the most commonly consumed illicit drug in Australia.
Adam tells the story of Tom de Souza and his journey from middle class scholarship boy in Perth to chronic ice user and budding criminal. Adam learns how Tom came back from the brink to beat ice and rediscover his joy of life. This is a harrowing story that should resonate with every family but it also offers a message of hope that ice can be defeated.
Part 1 - Tom de Souza is a gifted child born into an affluent Australian family in London. He is a scholarship boy who had unlimited potential but then his father loses his job as a stockbroker. The family returns home to Perth where eight- year old Tom struggles to fit in. As a young teenager struggles with self-esteem and low confidence, he discovers methamphetamine which seems to be a panacea for his troubles. Soon he finds himself in the revolving door of the criminal justice system.