The October 2016 election for the Legislative Assembly for the ACT provides an opportunity for the ACT community to have stronger and more effective responses to preventing and reducing alcohol, tobacco and other drug related harms.
The harms from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs continue to impose heavy costs, in personal and financial terms, on individuals, families and the ACT community. The alcohol and other drug sector in the ACT (including prevention, treatment and harm reduction services; researchers; consumers; families; and policy workers) continues to play a key role in reducing the harms associated with drug use, including methamphetamines (‘ice’).
The sector has proven itself efficient and effective in reducing the demand for more expensive acute health and criminal justice services, improving the wellbeing of Canberrans and saving lives. But more can be done. The 2016 ATODA ACT Election Priorities Statement will, if implemented by the new Legislative Assembly, go a long way towards strengthening the ACT’s responses to alcohol and other drugs, contributing to building a stronger, healthier Canberra, a place where people love to live.