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Strategy to ‘stop the hurt’ caused by crystal methamphetamine

In February 2017, the Ministerial Crystal Methamphetamine Taskforce was established to develop a rapid response to the growing use of Crystal Methamphetamine (ice) in South Australia, and the wide ranging community impacts from health to justice and child protection.

In line with the Taskforce’s recommendations the State Government has released an $8 million Ice Action Plan to reduce the growth of ice use in South Australia.

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What you said

Help us determine what actions we can take to reduce the impact of ice in the South Australian community. 

What is being decided?

The Government has established a Ministerial Ice Taskforce to develop policies that seek to minimise the impact of methamphetamine use in the community.

Crystal Methamphetamine (commonly known as “ice”) is the most potent form of methamphetamine.  Methamphetamine use is potentially very harmful, particularly if it is smoked or injected as it’s the case with ice, or if taken regularly. 

Around 2% of Australians use methamphetamine in a 12 month period.  While the proportion of Australians using methamphetamine in the past 12 months has remained relatively stable, the proportion of people with weekly use has increased significantly.  As well, there has been a shift from other forms of methamphetamine to ice, which is concerning given its more harmful impacts.  In South Australia, young males aged 20 to 29 have the highest rates of methamphetamine use.

Download the Fact Sheet from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.

The Taskforce will consider legislative and policy changes to interrupt the supply of drugs, prevention and treatment pathways for those affected, and increased community education on the dangers of crystal methamphetamine (ice).

Its response will align with the South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021 and the report of the National Ice Taskforce.  Both these strategies are putting in place a long-term approach to reducing the use and impacts of ice.

This Taskforce will focus on swift responses – policy or legislative measures that are readily implementable. These will be developed in time to be considered in the 2017-18 State Budget.

You are being asked to provide input into developing strategies that the State Government can implement.

How can your input influence the decision?

Ideas and input are sought from stakeholders and communities who can provide expert advice, on–the-ground knowledge or first-hand experience.

Your input in sought in the following important areas:

  • Preventing the take-up of ice.

  • How to intervene early to minimise harmful impacts.

  • Responding to problems related to ice.

Get involved

We’d like your ideas about how to prevent the take-up of ice, how to intervene early to minimise harmful impacts, and what treatment works for different levels of dependence/addiction. We are keen to hear your feedback on:

  • Which policies, services and/or initiatives are already working well in the community?
  • Which policies, services and/or initiatives are not effective, or what improvements could be made?
  • What other types of things could be provided to prevent and treat ice addiction, and provide education and awareness about the impact of ice?
  • What legal options could be considered to strengthen law enforcement activities?

You can provide your feedback by:

Your views will be provided to the Ministerial Ice Taskforce to assist them in determining a government response. The Taskforce will also be holding regional and metro focus groups with selected key experts. 

For more information please, contact Tracey Stephenson via (08) 8429 5551.

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