Greens announce call for drugs summit and inquiry
Australian Greens health spokesperson and former drug and alcohol clinician, Senator Richard Di Natale, today announced the Greens’ call for a National Drugs Summit to chart a way forward on illicit drugs policy.
“The current approach to drugs is not working,” said Senator Di Natale. “Doctors around the country see the terrible health effects every day and hundreds of Australians die every year. We need to move away from sending drug users through the criminal justice system and treat the problem like the health issue it really is.”
Senator Di Natale also committed the Greens support for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the issue of illicit drugs.
“We need to have a close look at the costs of the current approach. They are in the billions each year. A change of direction starting with a much greater investment in treatment and public health would not only save lives and keep families together but could save a fortune in direct and social costs.
“The status quo is not working. The Greens care for people and will always put the health of the community first.”
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