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Local Drug Action Teams rolling out across Australia to tackle crystalline methamphetamine

Date posted: 5 April 2017

Community groups across Australia are joining forces under a Federal Government plan to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction. The first 40 Local Drug Action Teams (LDAT) have been announced to tackle the challenges being faced by their community caused by ice and other drugs.

More than 160 partnerships have been formed to bring the LDATs together to prevent and reduce the harms of drugs, including between:

to bring these teams together to prevent and reduce the harms of drugs.

The Federal Government is providing $19.2 million funding to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation for the LDAT program. These teams will be focused on delivering local health promotion, community-led education and mentoring programs, early intervention and prevention programs, and providing support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms.

This initiative is part of the Federal Government’s investment of $298 million investment over four years to combat illicit drug and alcohol use.

According to the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, Minister for Sport and Chris Crewther MP, Federal Member for Dunkley, 'We have already made significant investments in policing our borders and our streets to combat the supply of ice. The AFP has seized over 12 tonnes of methamphetamine since January 2013. But we cannot simply arrest our way out of the ice problem – we must also work to reduce the demand for this drug. The roll out of Local Drug Action teams was a key action under the National Ice Action Strategy in response to the recommendations of the National Ice Taskforce, to increase community engagement and action to reduce the harms of drugs.'

A new web-based information toolkit will also provide communities with information about ice, including the harms associated with use, and information about accessing services and support.

The toolkit is available online at the Cracks in the Ice website and provides tailored information for community groups, families and friends of individuals using ice, parents, teachers and students, as well as frontline service providers.

Source: Department of Health

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Last updated: 5 April 2017
 
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