Combating illicit drugs – more effective treatment for methamphetamine abuse

The Government is targeting the use of the highly addictive and dangerous drug “ice” by helping drug rehabilitation centres to better equip their facilities and staff to provide treatment and rehabilitation for users.

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Why is this important?

  • Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), including crystal methamphetamine or Ice, are increasing in their popularity and availability, with the potent drug Ice now well established in Australia’s illicit drug market.
  • Ice users may show signs of psychosis, paranoia and aggression.
  • The Australian Government is determined to combat the threat of Ice by funding non- government drug and alcohol treatment services to better equip their facilities to provide treatment to Ice and other ATS users. This could include investing in infrastructure upgrades, more information and educational resources, or the funding of staff with particular expertise in the treatment of ATS dependence.

Who will benefit?

  • This measure will directly help those people seeking to be drug-free, and will help to reduce the burden of drug use on individuals, their families and the Australian community at large.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government will commit $22.9 million over two years in new funding to be delivered through the Combating Illicit Drugs – more effective treatment for methamphetamine abuse.
  • This measure is in addition to the Australian Government’s commitment of a further $79.5 million over four years to strengthen and expand the Non-Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program.

What have we done in the past?

  • Since 1997, the Australian Government has allocated more than $160 million nationally to treatment services provided by the non-government sector.
  • The Government has allocated $15 million to the National Psychostimulants Initiative since the 2003-04 Budget. The initiative is strengthening the capacity of frontline workers to deal with people using drugs such as Ice, and to explore treatment options.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This measure will conclude in 2008-09.

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