Skinner: Ice Task force should consider Medical care as a Positive Option

Crimes associated with ice addiction had increased to 25 percent for the past two years in NSW according to Police Minister ‘spokeswoman says.

NSW Health minister Jillian Skinner proposed on applying positive alternatives for ice addicts promoting the responsibility of health workers to help national strategy on ice.

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared last week that a former Victorian Police chief commissioner Ken Lay, will lead a national task force to control the situation with its advancing use of the drug

Mrs. Skinner accepts national leadership with appreciation in taking part to the struggle against ice which needs cooperation with governments to lessen its supply and demand while minimizing injury.

“In terms of the health impacts of ice, NSW would like the taskforce to give strong consideration to the spectrum of treatment options across the community, health workforce needs and a balanced approach to community education,” Mrs. Skinner stated. She had told the assistant federal health minister Fiona Nash her pledge of the Baird government to help the task force.

The national ice task force “needs to be much more than a talkfest” where it is believed to present its plan on keeping any harm from occurring.

“With a reported 25 per cent increase in ice-related arrests and detection across the state over the past two years, NSW needs to be heavily involved in the discussion,” the spokeswoman stated.

“The Commonwealth can also help address issues of importation and supply, by tightening border security laws to prevent precursors coming into Australia,” Mr. Grant’s spokeswoman said.

Ice addiction requires medical attention while providing education regarding its use since it is not a situation that Australia could “police our way out of” said the federal justice minister Michael Keenan.

A Medical intervention to lessen the use is more cost-effective than using force said Associate Professor Nicole Lee, from Flinders University’s Center for Education on Addiction on ABC Radio.

“For every dollar we spend on policing, we get about $2 savings for the community. But for every dollar we put into treatment, we get about $7 saving for the community,” she added.


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