Plans to ad­dress ice is­sue

Western Times - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a $105.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment to ad­dress the im­pact of ice on Queens­lan­ders, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties over five years.

Minister for Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Steven Miles launched the whole-of-gov­ern­ment plan “Ac­tion on Ice”, along­side Mem­ber for Lo­gan Li­nus Power, Mem­ber for Ma­cal­is­ter Melissa McMa­hon and Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles at Lo­gan House Re­cov­ery Cen­tre dur­ing the Satur­day af­ter­noon meet­ing.

Minister Miles said the plan de­liv­ered on the gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to re­spond to the im­pact of in­creas­ing use and harm from ice in com­mu­ni­ties across Queens­land.

“The plan is aimed at re­duc­ing sup­ply of ice, re­duc­ing the de­mand of ice and re­duc­ing the harms and ef­fects of ice use,” he said.

“Preven­tion and treat­ment are in­te­gral to man­ag­ing the im­pact of the ice cri­sis in Queens­land.

“Ac­tion on Ice is a whole-of-gov­ern­ment plan in­formed by feed­back from the pub­lic, health and wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als, fam­i­lies and friends who have seen their loved ones af­fected by ice and peo­ple with lived ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We’re also com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally strength­en­ing our al­co­hol and other drug treat­ment sys­tem to de­liver a range of ef­fec­tive treat­ment op­tions.

“These in­clude with­drawal man­age­ment, coun­selling, rehabilitation, fam­ily sup­port and spe­cial­ist ser­vices like the Queens­land Drug and Al­co­hol Court, and drug and al­co­hol brief in­ter­ven­tion teams.”

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