Ice Action Plan Will Help Families, Save Lives in Kingston
Today the Andrews Labor Government reaffirmed its pledge to reduce the supply, demand and the community harm of the drug ice through a $45.5 Million program.
As part of this plan, Premier Daniel Andrews today released Victoria’s Ice Action Plan.
Ice use is a complex problem, and the Ice Action Plan, involves supporting families, treating users and making our community safer.
The Government will invest $4.7 million to help families identify and manage ice users and $1 million to support frontline workers who are at risk of getting attacked at work.
The Government will invest $18 million to expand drug treatment and rehabilitation programs, in order to ensure users can get the help they need, and will also set up a dedicated Ice Help Line that directs families and health professionals to the appropriate advice.
The Plan also includes new measures to reduce the growing supply of ice on our streets.
A $4.5 million plan will crack down on clandestine drug labs and tough new laws to stop dealers and manufacturers.
The Government will also invest $15 million for new drug and booze buses and provide $500,000 to help community groups tackle ice use.
The work of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce will continue, with a long-term role to support the implementation of the Plan and advise the Government where more effort is needed.
Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson MP
“We’ve met with our local police force and they raise this as their top 2 priority along with family violence, and we will work closely with them in order make our community safer.”
Quotes attributable to Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews
“Across our state, good, smart kids are dropping out of school, running away from their families and falling out of society. Ice is ruining lives, and the time to act is now.”
“We’ll give users the treatment they need, we’ll give families the support they deserve and we’ll come down hard on the peddlers who put this substance on our streets.”