Tasmanian Drug Strategy: 2005-2009


The purpose of the new Tasmanian drug strategy is to guide whole-of-government and community activities to reduce the harm associated with the use of licit and illicit drugs in Tasmania. It provides a basis for the development of integrated and coordinated strategies using a whole-of-government and community approach. The strategy reflects the unique character and patterns of drug use in the state. Recent surveys and research indicate that tobacco and alcohol are the most widely used drugs in Tasmania and that they cause significantly more harm than other types of drugs. The pattern of illicit drug use differs from that in other states, and while there is little use of heroin and cocaine in Tasmania, strategies for tackling the use of these substances still need to be in place. The use of cannabis, certain amphetamines and psychostimulants also needs to be addressed. It is intended that the strategy will continue to foster commitment from all government agencies and the community. The economic, social, legal and health costs of problematic drug use are significant and affect all aspects of community life. The Strategy will also support the development of integrated and coordinated jurisdictional responses.

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