'Holistic' approach to govt drug plan

  • 26/08/2015
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne (Simon Wong / 3 News)
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne (Simon Wong / 3 News)

The Government is going to take a wider approach to the harm caused by alcohol and drugs.

It has just released its 2015-2020 national drug policy, which says that over the next five years there will be an emphasis on minimising harm and more accountability from the agencies dealing with the problem.

"Drug issues are closely bound up with social factors like income, housing and education," said Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne, who is in charge of the policy.

"The more holistic approach in this policy will help the Government respond more appropriately to the problems they pose."

The policy sets out plans including:

Mr Dunne says a big difference is that there will be much more accountability.

"The policy contains measurable objectives for reducing alcohol and drug harm, and government agencies are required to report to Cabinet on these annually," he said.

The policy paper says alcohol and drug harm costs the country about $6.5 billion a year.

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