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Coalition tackles growing ice epidemic

11 June 2014

Drug and alcohol treatment services will be expanded across the Hume region as the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition moves to address the growing use of ice.

The Nationals Candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan said the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government would invest $34 million over the next four years to tackle the problem.

“This funding will see community based drug and alcohol services in the region expanded to treat more people addicted to ice,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said the prevalence of ice was reflected in the region’s crime statistics.

“Ice is having a ruinous effect on families and the lives of young people in our region,” Ms Ryan said.

“It’s toll on communities, the health system, police and other emergency services workers is enormous.

“Last year drug offences, including use, possession and trafficking, increased by 23.6 per cent across the Benalla region.

“In Mitchell drug offences increased by 23.3 per cent and in Strathbogie by 47.8 per cent.

“People who use the drug often experience extreme weight loss, depression and anxiety, methamphetamine-induced psychosis, hostility, homelessness and risker injecting practices.”

Ms Ryan said tacking the problem required not just additional resources from government, but a whole of community approach.

“The Victorian Parliament is currently holding an inquiry into the supply, distribution and community impacts of methamphetamines and is due to report in August,” Ms Ryan said.

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