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Network of Australian State and Territory AOD Peak Bodies Statement about National Ice Taskforce Report

The Network of Australian State and Territory AOD Peak Bodies welcomes the release of the National ‘Ice’ Taskforce’s Final Report, and the release of the two reviews commissioned by the Australian Government (a) the Drug Policy Modelling Program’s New Horizons report and (b) the National Drug Research Institute’s Harnessing Good Intentions report.

The Network also welcomes the multiple announcements made by the Australian Government on 6 December, particularly with regards to increasing funding for specialist alcohol and drug services and the continuation of existing funding contracts until June 2017. However we are cautious given the lack of detail.

We strongly support the Taskforce’s view that ‘we can’t arrest our way out of this problem’ and the importance of having a greater focus and investment in the demand and harm reduction pillars of the National Drug Strategy.

Read the full statement here.