The Taskforce response will align with the report of the National Ice Taskforce and the South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021. Both these strategies are putting in place a long-term approach to reducing the use and impacts of ice.
South Australian Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy 2017-2021
The South Australian Alcohol and Other Drug Strategy 2017-2021 is a co-ordinated whole-of-government approach led by SA Health and South Australia Police. Its aim is to reduce the harms caused by alcohol and other drug problems to the South Australian community by:
- Reducing alcohol-related harm.
- Reducing the impact of alcohol and other drug problems on children, young people and families.
- Reducing the harms associated with the use of illicit drugs and hazardous and harmful use of pharmaceuticals drugs.
- Reducing the harms of alcohol and other drug problems to Aboriginal people.
- Improving access to evidence that informs practice.
National Ice Taskforce
The National Ice Taskforce was established on 8 April 2015 to advise the Government on the impacts of ice in Australia and drive the development of a National Ice Action Strategy. The Taskforce presented its interim findings to the Council of Australian Governments on 23 July 2015, and delivered its Final Report to the Prime Minister of Australia on 9 October 2015.
It consulted extensively around Australia with a range of experts, visited treatment centres, held targeted community consultations and received public submissions.
What the National ICE Taskforce found
The Taskforce determined that five key strategies would strengthen current approaches:
- The first priority must be supporting families, workers and communities to better respond to people affected by ice.
- Efforts to reduce demand for ice through prevention activities must be strengthened.
- Ice users need treatment and support services that cater to their needs.
- Efforts to disrupt supply must be more coordinated and targeted.
- Better data, more research and regular reporting is needed to strengthen Australia’s response and keep it on track.