National Cannabis Control and Prevention Centre – Establishment

The National Cannabis Control and Prevention Centre will provide information to young Australians on the dangers of cannabis and will support services treating cannabis addiction.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • Cannabis is a dangerous and illegal substance, and a major risk factor for other drug abuse, injury, and severe mental illness. Research in 2004 showed nearly two million Australians aged 14 years and over reported using cannabis in the previous 12 months.
  • The National Cannabis Control and Prevention Centre will provide information to young Australians on the dangers of cannabis and will support services treating cannabis addiction.

Who will benefit?

  • Access to the latest information, training and support will benefit drug and alcohol workers, cannabis users, their families and carers.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed new funding of $14 million over the next four years.

What have we done in the past?

  • Since 1997 the Government has committed more than $1 billion to the National Illicit Drugs Strategy. This includes over $31 million for the National Drugs Campaign which educates and informs young Australians and their parents about the negative consequences of illicit drug use.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • Funding has been allocated for the next four years and will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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