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Labor’s dud Ice Action Plan failing to put a lid on drug crimes

Drug crime continues to skyrocket under the Andrews Labor Government, as Daniel Andrews puts a freeze on Labor’s failed Ice Action Plan and axes essential support programs, like Community Ice Action grants.

Figures from the Crime Statistics Agency today show methamphetamine possession has more than doubled since Daniel Andrews was elected in 2014 – up 138.7 per cent – and drug offences are up 24.83 per cent.

It’s a worrying trend that will only get worse while people struggling with addiction can’t get the urgent support they need, when they need it most. Daniel Andrews’ only plan to tackle Ice use in Victoria is to build an injecting room in suburban Richmond. But it’s simply not hitting the mark to reduce the harms of Ice use across the state, particularly in Regional Victoria.

A crisis in availability and resourcing of rehabilitation options means Victorians genuinely seeking help to get clean are being told they’ll have to wait months to access rehabilitation.

We can’t afford to be turning people away at a critically vulnerable time in the lives of addicts and their families. But this is exactly what’s happening under Daniel Andrews.

The Andrews Labor Government likes to say it’s doubling the number of rehabilitation beds in Victoria, but while it drags its heels getting these beds operational it’s leaving the lives of Victorians at risk.

Emma Kealy MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health

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