Cessnock City Council will make a submission to the NSW Government’s Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ (crystal methamphetamine).
The decision to launch the Inquiry was announced in November last year and considered the following:the nature, prevalence and impact of crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’) and other illicit amphetamine type stimulants (‘ATS’) the adequacy of existing measures to target ice and illicit ATS in NSW options to strengthen NSW’s response to ice and illicit ATS, including law enforcement, education, treatment and rehabilitation responses
In March 2019 the Special Commission published four Issues Papers and has invited the public to make submissions on these findings. Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said Council made it a priority to make a submission and highlight the issues specific to this area.
“This is a dangerous drug and we know it’s tearing apart people’s lives. In putting this submission together it became clear there are a variety of issues around treatment options for those seeking assistance.”
“We’ve spoken to numerous individuals, families and local community service providers who shared their knowledge and experiences. One theme became quite clear, that there are limited treatment options available and a number of barriers to accessing existing services.”
Hunter New England Local Health District provided Council with information that has also assisted in understanding the scale and impact of Ice in the Cessnock Local Government Area.
Council is reminding residents that they can also make a submission. All submissions must be lodged by 7 May 2019. To find out more visit www.iceinquiry.nsw.gov.au/make-your-submission/.