Federal Government launches national drug campaign

The Coalition Government has launched the next phase of a National Drugs Campaign to help tackle the use of illicit drugs, particularly ice, among young Australians.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the new television and online campaign illustrates the range of risks associated with drug use and provides information on the range of resources, support and treatment options available.

The $10 million campaign has resources for parents, including the Positive Choices Online Portal, to help them learn about drugs and be able to have important conversations with their children.

“We’re also promoting the new National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline – 1800 250 015 – which links to existing state and territory alcohol and other drug telephone services that offer free and confidential support, information, counselling and referral,” Mr Pasin said.

“I know drug abuse, particularly ice, is a major concern for communities right across Barker. While states and territories focus on frontline rehabilitation services the federal government are making headways to educate and prevent drug use as well as primary health care.

“I’d encourage anyone wanting information to visit the new website at www.drughelp.gov.au,” Mr Pasin said.

The campaign was launched last weekend by Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

“It takes courage for someone to admit they may have a problem with drugs, and it’s the first step to overcoming it,” Mr Hunt said.

“The Coalition Government is offering more help than ever before and has committed more than $685 million over four years to reduce the impact that drug and alcohol misuse has on individuals, families and communities.

“This includes the unprecedented $298 million investment over four years through the National Ice Action Strategy which focuses on education and prevention.

“And as we approach schoolies season at the end of the year, it’s important that young people and their parents are armed with the facts about drugs. That’s why the new campaign also has a focus on party drugs such as MDMA, “caps”, ecstasy and pills.”

For more information about the campaign visit www.drughelp.gov.au.