Ice fight in SE needs a plan

The crystal methamphetamine scourge in regional South Australia must be urgently addressed, according to Liberal candidate for MacKillop Nick McBride.

Mr McBride said there needed to be a renewed focus on treatment for ice users following damning statistics in the latest National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report.

The national report shows the average consumption of methylamphetamine in regional South Australia has risen considerably from wastewater monitoring in December last year.

Mr McBride said the scourge of ‘Ice’ is taking a toll on the South East community and more must be done.

“The South East is facing an uphill battle against crystal methamphetamine, also known as Ice, and we need a greater strategy to stop the spread of this drug,” said Mr McBride.

“Not only do we need more preventative measures put in place but we need the support services to assist those involved in using ‘Ice’ to be rehabilitated.

“That’s why the State Liberals have announced a comprehensive suite of measures to stop the scourge of drugs in our communities, including new rehabilitation beds, mandated youth drug treatment, limiting drug diversions and substance abuse prevention programs for all school children.”

Shadow Minister for Police Stephan Knoll said the Weatherill Labor Government has dragged its feet on its Ice Action Plan.

“The Weatherill Labor Government released its ice action plan in June with great fanfare and yet since its release, ice use has jumped, with South Australia now labelled the ice capital of Australia,” said Mr Knoll.

“Most of the legislative changes which were flagged in the so-called action plan have not been progressed through the parliament by this government, leaving the plan in tatters.

“The Weatherill Government also failed to pass the Correctional Services Amendment Bill which would have brought in drug testing for prison officers, stopped automatic parole for certain drug offenders, increased penalties for drug possession in and around prisons and increased the use of sniffer dogs in prisons.”