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Ice action plan sets out multi-pronged approach to tackle drug problem in the NT

Date posted: 15 March 2016

An action plan released by the Northern Territory (NT) Government this week details a number of key focus areas to tackle the drug ice (methamphetamine) in the region, including better education, and more treatment and support services.

Chief Minister, Adam Giles, said the Tackling ice in the Northern Territory action plan emphasised the importance of a coordinated and balanced approach to addressing issues associated with the drug.

'There is genuine concern across the NT and throughout Australia about the impact ice is having on individuals, families and the community,' said Mr Giles. 'Disrupting the supply of illicit drugs is a long standing priority - however effective drug management involves law enforcement agencies working hand in hand with evidence-based education, prevention and treatment responses as well. The ice action plan recognises that government agencies, non-government services and the community all have a part to play in reducing the harm associated with ice.'

Some of the actions outlined in the plan include:

As well as the action plan, the NT Government has also launched a new website, Break the Ice, which aims to encourage people using ice to get help, as well as providing advice for families and friends of people who use ice.

Source: NT Government

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Last updated: 15 March 2016
 
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