Tackling ICE a priority of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs

The harm associated with the dangerous drug Ice will be a key focus of the newly shaped Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs.

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22 December 2014

The harm associated with the dangerous drug Ice will be a key focus of the newly shaped Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said today.

“I attended the first meeting on Friday of the Council and emphasised the Federal Government’s concern about the increasing use of this drug, and asked for expert evaluation and advice on ways to tackle this drug problem, which is devastating communities.
“The Council is already identifying some key pieces of work to support the provision of advice to Government on issues relating to methamphetamines.
“As I outlined last week, the Government is committed to a crackdown on the harmful effects of Ice and I look forward to the Council advising the Government with some practical strategies to protect the community, especially young people, with measures that include prevention, education, treatment and law and order,” she said.
Alcohol related harm was also identified as a priority for the Council.

“In addition Indigenous issues have been elevated as a central focus of the full council as opposed to a separate sub-committee (as had been the case under the former Australian National Council on Drugs).

“I have specifically asked the Advisory Council to examine issues associated with harmful drug and alcohol use, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.
“I am pleased that Associate Professor Ted Wilkes has agreed to be the principal advisor for ANACAD on Indigenous drug and alcohol matters and I reiterated that other experts may be co-opted to the Council as required.”
“This broader advisory role will be the first time the Council has had the ability to directly give advice to all relevant Commonwealth Ministers and will ensure that efforts to reduce harms of alcohol and drugs are well coordinated across government.”

“As well as reporting directly to me, ANACAD will also be able to give advice directly to other Government Ministers, including the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.”
“I look forward to receiving advice from the Council to inform Government considerations to combat the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol in our communities.”

Media contact: Kay McNiece, Acting Media Adviser, 0412 132 585

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