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National Report Highlights Ice Dangers

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Tags: Methamphetamine, Drug Policy

The Liberal Government has given little indication that it takes seriously enough, or is prepared to commit resources to, tackling the 'ice' pandemic and what the Australian Crime Commission have today named the highest risk illicit drug in Australia.

Greens Health spokesperson, Cassy O'Connor MP, said the Australian Crime Commission's report released today found that it is state and federal Governments who hold the key to addressing the escalating crystal methamphetamine problem.

"The Australian Crime Commission have cited 'ice' as the most dangerous illicit drug in our communities, yet this government has showed no sign of taking the issue anywhere near seriously enough, despite a desperate need for rehabilitation services and early intervention programs targeting young people, the cries for help from frontline stakeholders and repeated questions from the Greens in Budget Estimates last year as well in Question Time," Ms O'Connor said.

"Apart from releasing a narrow, non-committal paper, Minister Ferguson seems more comfortable deflecting the Greens' concerns on behalf of affected communities than he is detailing any concrete action he or any Minister is undertaking to help Tasmanians suffering from ice addiction and ultimately, save lives."

"Minister Ferguson's federal colleagues have described ice as a nation-wide addiction, a "mind eating, life ending" drug and have stood by the Australian Crime Commission's report."

"All Minister Ferguson and his Liberal colleagues could manage in Question Time today was to accuse opposition parties of using the issue as a plaything.  I've got news for Mr Ferguson - the Greens are in no way as glib about the seriousness of this issue as he appears to be."

"What Tasmanians want to hear is that their government is prepared to increase resources to tackle methamphetamine use in our communities and that it regards saving the lives of those affected by 'ice' - both users and victims - as a number one priority," Ms O'Connor said.