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National Drug Strategic Framework released for public comment



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IN T E R G O V E R N M E N T A L C O M M ITTE E O N D R U G S

media release

29 May, 1998

NATIONAL DRUG^gTRATEGIC FRAMEWORK RELEASED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Following agreement by health and law enforcement Ministers earlier this month at the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy, a discussion paper on the national drug strategy has been released for public consultation. The discussion paper is designed to guide Australia's response to the licit and illicit drug problem up to the year 2002.

The Draft National Drug Strategic Framework 1998-2002: A Community Partnership on Drugs, has been prepared by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) at the request of the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy (MCDS) which has primary responsibility for development of a national policy for licit and illicit drugs.

The Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy comprises all o f Australia's health and law enforcement Ministers which ensures that any national approach to drugs has input from all the people who are ultimately responsible for tackling the drug problem..

The cornerstone of this Framework document is a cooperative partnership between health, law enforcement and the community sector.

The purpose of the document is to present a shared vision, a framework for cooperation and a basis for strategic direction on drugs into the next century.

While the draft Framework document outlines broad principles and directions, the final document will be accompanied by a five year action plan which will identify specific priorities for action in addressing the harms arising from the misuse o f licit and illicit drugs and activities

to address these priorities and performance indicators. The action plan will be developed after consultation on the draft Framework document.

The action plan will also take into account the priorities for action identified in the National Heroin Supply Reduction Strategy and the National Illicit Drug Supply Reduction Strategy.

Harms arising from the misuse of substances such as petrol and kava will also be addressed on a needs basis.

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The Framework document reflects the agreement of Australian Heads of Government that the Tough on Drugs National Illicit Drug Strategy will form the next major phase of the National Drug Strategy.

Anyone who is involved in the drugs sector or who is interested in ensuring that Australia reduces the harm caused by drugs should obtain a copy of the draft Framework and to provide comment.

The Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD) comprises senior health and law enforcement officers from each Australian jurisdiction. The IGCD provides policy advice to Ministers on the full range of drug issues and is also responsible for implementing policies and programs as directed by the MCDS.

Copies of the draft Framework document will be available from 1 June 1998 and copies can be ordered by phoning 1800 641 116. Alternatively it will be available on the Health and Family Services website at http://www.health.gov.au/pubhlth/strategy/drugs/ndsf7

National Media contact: Kay McNiece, Public Health Media Unit, Department of Health and Family Services (02) 6289 6996

State and Territory Media Contacts: Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs -

Dr Andrew Penman NSW Drug & Alcohol Directorate (02) 9391 9288 Mr Clive Small NSW Police Service (02) 9339 5126

Mr Ray Judd Department of Human Services (03) 9637 4072

Mr Bill Severino Victoria Police (03) 9247 6737

Mr Keith Evans QLD Department of Health (07) 3234 1142

Mr Ron McGibbon QLD Police (07) 3364 4708

Mr Terry Murphy WA Drug Abuse Strategy Office (08) 9480 8244

Mr Kevin Larkins WA Health Department (08) 9222 4065

Mr Graeme Lienert WA Police Service (08) 9223 3110

Mr Graham Stratheam Drug and Alcohol Services Council (SA) (08) 8274 3327 Mr Robert Lean South Australia Police (08) 8204 2920

Mr John Leary Drug & Alcohol Services (TAS) (03) 6233 6535

Mr Jack Johnston Tasmania Police (03) 6230 2420

Dr Ian Crundall Territory Health Services (NT) (08) 8999 2464

Mr John Valentin Northern Territory Police (08) 8922 3527

Mr Des Graham ACT Department of Health & Community Care (02) 6205 1896 Mr John Dau AFP (ACT Region) (02) 6256 7612