Funding boost to tackle ice addiction in the ACT

Canfan 19 May 2015

Drug treatment and support services in the ACT will receive an $800,000 funding boost from the ACT Government to address ice addiction, Minister for Health Simon Corbell has announced today.

From the media release:

Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced an $800,000 funding boost that will see drug treatment and support services funding reach record levels in the ACT.

“The additional $800,000 takes the total funding to $17.2 million next financial year,” Mr Corbell said.

“We know that we are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to ice use in the ACT and more people than ever before are seeking treatment.

“Between 2010 and 2013, treatment for amphetamines as the primary drug increased from 196 to 496 in the ACT.

“We also know that nationally over three years the use of crystal methamphetamine has become the drug of choice rather than the powdered methamphetamine.”

The recent use of crystal methamphetamine more than doubled from 22 per cent to 50 per cent.

“Of this extra $800,000 in funding, $115,000 will be provided to the Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA) to roll out the naloxone overdose management pilot program,” Mr Corbell said.

“In addition Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Association ACT (ATODA) will also receive $115,000 to increase capacity and assist services to ensure interventions are made accessible and relevant to those experiencing problems with crystal methamphetamine.

“The balance will be provided to a range of non government organisations who provide treatment and support services to increase their capacity to treat patients and reduce waiting times.

“The effects of crystal methamphetamine can be devastating for those who use the drug, their friends and family and the broader community. It is well known this drug can trigger violence and psychotic behaviour which can be unpredictable.

“We know that we are dealing with a serious problem which requires a coordinated response and funding for treatment and support are a big part of this.”

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