“Our Action on Ice plan will deal with the impact of Ice on individuals, but also their families and communities,” Mr Whiting said.
“We are tackling Ice in three way:
• reducing the supply of Ice (enforcement of criminal drug laws, targeting criminal networks and organised criminal syndicates and undertaking strategic intelligence and research)
• reducing the demand for Ice (preventing the use of Ice and supporting communities and early intervention and treatment for people using Ice)
• reducing the harms from Ice (supporting Queensland families, minimising the impact on individuals and protecting and supporting frontline workers).
“Like the rest of the country, Ice is having a significant impact across many Queensland communities, but the Government cannot tackle Ice alone.
“It is going to require a collaborative effort with the community,” Mr Whiting said.
“The stories from individuals, families and community members about their experiences with Ice is harrowing and heart-wrenching.
“The Palaszczuk Government is working hard to break the cycle of drug use and its impact on those who are affected.
“It is possible to recover from Ice. Help is available. Across Queensland there are a range of support services to assist people who are affected by Ice.
“We are developing an information campaign to reach out to the friends, families and Ice users to let them know that help is available and how to access it,” Mr Whiting said.
For anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) can be contacted 24/7 on 1800 177 833 for free, anonymous and confidential telephone information, counselling and referrals.
More information is available at qld.gov.au/Icehelp
Actions being taken include:
• $3.2 million for an information campaign to enhance public awareness of the nature and effects of Ice and where and how to find help.
• $7.4 million over three years for support services for the families of Ice users. The funding will support families involved in the child protection system to overcome Ice issues.
• $3.3 million over four years to enhance the capacity of the Alcohol and Drug Information Service, deliver more training and resources to frontline services, and support community-led responses to Ice and other drugs of concern.
• $4.1 million to expand roadside drug testing to perform up to 75,000 tests within the next four years.
• $14.3 million over three years to establish a new 42-bed residential drug rehabilitation and treatment facility in Rockhampton.
• $6.3 million over three years to trial a youth residential care service in Brisbane for high-risk young people, including mental health and substance use.