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New local drug action team reveals how it will tackle Central Queensland's drug problem

Date posted: 16 October 2017

The Federal Government has a new plan to tackle the drug 'ice' in Central Queensland. It has provided a funding commitment of $10,000 to form a Central Queensland (CQ) Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) as part of a $19.2 million allocation for the formation of 220 LDATs throughout the country over the next three years.

The LDAT team, which is led by local project officer Rhonda Shuker, comprises of organisations delivering support to those people with drug and alcohol addiction including Rockhampton's Helem Yumba CQ Healing Centre, The Salvation Army, Ice Affecting Families Capricorn Coast and Family Drug Support.

‘We'll work with other partners to develop up a partnership model and community action plan focused on what we have identified as community solutions but also extra consultation,’ Ms Shuker said.

Over the past five years, Helem Yumba CQ Healing Centre which provides support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families at risk of domestic and family violence, has seen a steady ramping up of drug fuelled violence and family breakdowns as a consequence of the drug's influence.

Ms Shuker said they were primarily focused on prevention and addressing the risk factors as the most effective way to minimise and prevent alcohol and other drugs harm.

Capricornia MP, Michelle Landry, said the program would support teams to deliver local health promotion, community-led education and mentoring programs, early intervention and prevention programs, and provide support for vulnerable people to minimise their risk of alcohol and other drug related harms. 

‘We know a community response to an issue like drug and alcohol misuse is one of the best ways to effectively prevent and reduce the harms caused by drugs,’ Ms Landry said.

Source: The Morning Bulletin

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