Global Backing for Australia in Fight Against Ice

Australia's resolution to the 58th UN Conference on Narcotics – urging global cooperation on fighting the drug ice – has been formally adopted in Vienna.

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19 March 2015

Australia's resolution to the 58th UN Conference on Narcotics – urging global cooperation on fighting the drug ice – has been formally adopted in Vienna.

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash's resolution was co-sponsored by a number of countries – Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Israel, Japan, Latvia (on behalf of the European Union), Peru, the Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

The resolution was adopted “without dissent”.

Entitled: "Promoting international cooperation in responding to new psychoactive substances and amphetamine-type stimulants including methamphetamine,” the resolution calls for UN member states to cooperate and share research, data, experiences and treatments relating to the international fight against ice.

“I am pleased that many countries have formally joined the fight against ice – a fight that no single country can win on its own,” Minister Nash said.

“United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director Yury Fedotov has told me this motion would add impetus to the UNODC efforts to crack down on ice.

“As countries around the world engage in the ice battle, it’s vital that we share information, research, strategies and treatments. There is no silver bullet but we need to attack this from multiple fronts – reducing demand, cutting off supply, and treating those who need the support.

“I’m horrified that some dealers seem to be specifically targeting regional areas as a market for their product. Official statistics show that 50 per cent of drug users who use methamphetamines are now using ice – up from 22 per cent three years earlier.

“People living in remote areas are more than twice as likely to use methamphetamines, and the purity of methamphetamine has trebled since 2010 in some regions.

“Ice is an issue for the whole community. We need all sections of the community involved in the fight against ice.”

Media contact: Les White les.white@health.gov.au 0409 805 122

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