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Special Commission of Inquiry into 'Ice' report released

Published: 4 March 2020

The Special Commission of Inquiry into the drug 'Ice' puts forward a range of health, social and criminal justice issues and responses. 

 

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The NSW Government will consider recommendations from the Inquiry in consultation with key stakeholders to prepare a final response before the end of the year.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government will consider 104 of the 109 recommendations.

The five recommendations the government has already indicated it does not support are:

  • additional medically supervised injecting centres
  • two recommendations on substance checking 
  • ceasing use of drug detection dogs 
  • needle and syringe programs in correctional centres. 

In 2019-2020, the NSW Government is investing $231.6 million on preventing and treating harms associated with the drug, and ensuring people have access to care and support they need.

Investment across the state includes:

  • $11 million investment over a four-year period addressing the problem of 'Ice'
  • $7 million to enhance existing programs and establish the new Stimulant Treatment Programs
  • $4 million to purchase non-government treatment services in rural and regional NSW.

The Special Commission of Inquiry report identified that many initiatives addressing 'Ice' and other drug-related harm are in place and working for individuals and communities across NSW.

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