Regional Victoria the Ice Capital of Australia under the Andrews Labor Government

An Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission sewage testing report has revealed an ongoing spike in illegal drug use in Victoria under Daniel Andrews.

The annual report, which tests for drug consumption in waste water, has exposed several concerning trends including;

  • Regional Victorians consume more Ice and Heroin substitute Oxycodone than any other regional area in Australia.

  • Victoria leads the nation for Heroin use, consuming almost half of the nation’s heroin in 2018-19.

  • Total consumption of Ice in Victoria has increased an estimated 53.2 per cent over the last three years.

Furthermore, Australians are now spending $11.3 billion a year on illegal drugs – as organised crime groups continue to turn a profit off drug users throughout the community.

Victoria’s ongoing increase in illicit drug use comes despite Labor’s $200 million “Ice Action Plan”, which has failed to reduce consumption of this deadly drug and has left regional communities fending for themselves.

Daniel Andrews is simply missing in action as the spike in illicit drug use under Labor continues to place the safety of Victorian families and communities at risk.

The problem is worsening in regional Victoria where there is a lack of access to residential rehabilitation, meaning Victorians who are genuinely seeking help to deal with addiction must travel hundreds of kilometres to seek treatment.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police & Community Safety, David Southwick:

“Under Andrews, Victoria is the heroin capital of Australia and regional use of Ice leads the nation.

“At a time when regional communities are battling with the impact of drought and bushfires – a spike in illicit drug use is the last thing these communities need.”

Comment attributable to Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Emma Kealy:

“Illegal drug use across Victoria is climbing but Daniel Andrews’ only plan to tackle it is to build and mismanage an injecting room in suburban Richmond.

“Drug addiction is taking lives and taking a devastating toll on Victorian families.

“Victorians are already waiting months to access treatment and it will only get worse while Andrews continues to ignore calls for new residential rehabilitation centres in regional Victoria.”

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