Two Years of Government Inaction Compounds
NSW Alcohol and Drug Harms
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation is questioning the NSW Government’s commitment to its community’s health and wellbeing following last night’s budget announcement, which ignored the recommendations of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’
“It’s been well over two years since the Inquiry and we continue to see inaction from the NSW Government, despite investing $10 million in the Inquiry, which delivered a clear roadmap for action,” said Dr Erin Lalor, ADF Chief Executive Officer.
What’s more, following the past two years of inaction – and the added complexities of COVID-19 the situation has become even more urgent.
“We’ve seen increased rates of drinking and some drug use during the pandemic – driven by Australians using drugs and alcohol as coping strategies to deal with COVID-induced unemployment, anxiety, mental health problems and loss of social connectedness.”
“These increases threaten to become entrenched habits unless critical action is taken now, with an appropriate Government commitment and appropriate funding,” Dr Lalor said.
“We must invest in evidence-based solutions, including the Ice Inquiry recommendations, to enable us to turn around increases in alcohol and other drug use before they become set-in-stone habits that negatively impact health and well-being, stripping years off our national life expectancy.
“Acting fast and at scale with a concerted boost in funding is essential to ensure this problem doesn’t linger for decades to come.”
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation also calls on the NSW Opposition to declare its commitment to implement the recommendations of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the drug ‘Ice’ in the lead up to the 2023 election.
About the Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Celebrating over 60 years of service to the community, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation is one of Australia’s leading organisations committed to preventing and minimising alcohol and other drug harms in communities around the nation. The Foundation reaches millions of Australians through sporting clubs, community organisations, health care settings and schools, providing educational information, drug and alcohol prevention programs and advocating for lives unlimited by alcohol and drug harm.