Have your say on ice

05 June 2015

Residents across the Euroa electorate are being encouraged to have their say on ice.

A federal parliamentary inquiry is currently being undertaken into crystal methamphetamine (ice) and Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is inviting residents to contribute.

Ms Ryan today said the growing prevalence of drugs and alcohol, particularly in young people was concerning and it was important that all tiers of government worked together to address the problem.

“Concerns about the prevalence of ice in our communities is frequently raised with me,” Ms Ryan said.

“Statistics show that alcohol is still the most widely used drug in Australia however the impact of ice use is also being acutely felt.

“This inquiry will receive evidence from a variety of stakeholders across the Australian community and it is important that individuals and organisations alike feel they can contribute.

“It is an opportunity for those who have been affected by the drug to contribute to the issue and have input into possible solutions.”

Ms Ryan said the previous Victorian Coalition Government had thoroughly investigated the issue of ice in Victoria and made a number of recommendations.

“One of the key recommendations of The Inquiry Into the Supply and Use of Methamphetamines, Particularly ‘Ice’ in Victoria was that an effective response to ice-use must engage Commonwealth, state and local government as well as private and non-government sectors in the community.

“The Euroa electorate is serviced by a number of excellent facilities including Nexus Primary Health in Broadford and Odyssey House near Benalla.

“Shepparton youth organisation Word and Mouth also runs a number of successful programs to educate young people about the impacts of ice and has done great work in deterring young people from using the drug.

"All sides of government and all members of the community must work together to address the issue."

Ms Ryan said submissions to the inquiry closed on Wednesday 10 June however she had been in touch with the Minister’s office to request an extension so that everybody had a chance to have their say.

“The Minister’s office has assured me that the deadline for submissions will be extended if people from the Euroa electorate wish to make a submission,” Ms Ryan said.

To make a submission, contact 02 6277 3419 or email [email protected]

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