FIGHTING THE ICE SCOURGE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Baird Government’s comprehensive package to target the scourge of ice will help make the Tamworth region safer.
Mr Anderson said the package combines a police response to target ice dealers, manufacturers and drug drivers, and a health response to address the needs of users and addicts.
“Ice is a debilitating drug causing havoc across our community – this is a tough package to put our boot on the throat of ice peddlers while helping addicts kick the drug for good,” Mr Anderson said.
“The biggest deterrent to drink driving is the risk of getting caught – we have to do everything we can to ensure this same deterrent applies to drug driving.
“This package will triple the number of roadside drug tests carried out by police every year to almost 100,000 – giving police the resources they need to get people high on drugs off the roads and before the courts.”
Under the plan the Baird Government will:
- Crackdown on drug driving by more than tripling the number of roadside drug tests to almost 100,000 a year by 2016-17;
- Halve the threshold required to charge dealers with possessing large commercial quantities of ice for supply, from 1 kilogram to 500 grams, so more ice dealers face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment;
- Improve our ability to confiscate the assets of serious criminals, including serious drug dealers and traffickers;
- Require mandatory state-wide online recording of pseudoephedrine sales in pharmacies;
- Get users off ice by investing in three new stimulant treatment services, expanding a fourth service and providing additional funding to non-government treatment services, especially amongst rural and regional communities; and
- Educate the community on the dangers of ice.
Mr Anderson said we are sending a clear message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.
“In addition to extra police and the dog squad I’ve been fighting for, this is just another way we are tackling the underlying causes of crime.”