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Liberals Ignore Ice Problem

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 6 April 2017

Tags: Methamphetamine, Drug Policy

Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes March 2017’s Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report is proof of the alarming level of ice use in Tasmania, and provides clear evidence that the Liberals are failing to address the problem.

(2) Understands the use of the methamphetamine Ice is destroying Tasmanians’ lives, robbing children of childhoods, leading to family and community violence, and making the work of support services, the police and ambulance workers far more dangerous.

(3) Acknowledges the drug diversion to health services program is being under-utilised, that last year it dropped from 216 to 178, and people who take drugs for personal use are pushed towards prison, instead of recovery.

(4) Further understands the current Government policy of punishing users is failing to reduce the demand for Ice use, and is causing the problem to balloon.

(5) Recognises that recent funding cuts for social and youth workers who intervene early and help users break their addiction, and their families, now make the prospect for recovery from Ice use in regional Tasmania even more difficult.

(6) Calls on the Liberals to listen to community organisations, former Premiers, police commissioners and prosecutors, who are calling for drug abuse to be treated as a health issue.

(7) Calls on the Government to commit substantial funds in this year’s State Budget towards early intervention, treatment services, and drug diversion programs, particularly in regional areas, to focus on helping people change their lives away from addiction instead of punishing them. (6 April 2017)