Victoria’s drugs crisis is getting worse, not better, says Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy.

Figures released yesterday by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission show regional Victorians are using ‘ice’ at a far higher rate than anywhere else in the nation.

One location in rural Victoria recorded a rate more than three times the national average.

It’s yet more proof that Daniel Andrews’ Ice Action Plan is a dud.

The lives of addicts and their families are being destroyed by insidious drugs like ice and heroin while Daniel Andrews plays politics with drug addiction.

Regional Victorians could have access to additional residential rehabilitation if Daniel Andrews hadn’t dropped the former Liberal Nationals government’s plan when he was elected.

Labor’s backflip three years later was little comfort to Victorians struggling with addiction and their families who desperately need access to these services now.

Only an elected Liberal Nationals government will tackle the drug epidemic through targeted education, better access to drug treatment and bringing down the drug kingpins that prey on vulnerable people in our community.

 

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