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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles
    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan
    Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Di Farmer

    New campaign to curb Ice

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
    The Honourable Di Farmer

    Sunday, October 07, 2018

    New campaign to curb Ice

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a two-pronged assault in the war on Ice.

    It’s part of the government’s five year $100 million Ice Strategy.

    There are two targets: cutting supply and treating those who need help.

    The Premier said police efforts will be matched with a new Ice Help campaign to treat those addicted to the drug.

    “We often hear of people being lost to Ice, that there is no remedy or return from this drug,” the Premier said.

    “We want all Queenslanders to know it is possible to recover and lead a productive life.”

    The campaign features six former addicts and their families who tell their stories not just of how they fell into the grip of the drug but how they got out if it. A helpline1800 177 833 and new 24/7 Ice Help website give more support.

    Police Minister Mark Ryan said specialist police are already hitting drug labs and dealer networks.

    “The drug and serious crime group alone charged 2161 offenders with 7013 offences in the past financial year,” the minister said.

    In 2017-18:

    • 139 drug labs were busted
    • 47 kgs of Ice seized
    • And 957 search warrants for ice and organised crime focused on regional investigations

    Police Commissioner Ian Stewart issued a blunt warning to those making and trafficking ice.

    “We will maintain the heat,” the Commissioner said.

    “If you are involved in producing and dealing in drugs, particularly ice, be warned: police will get you sooner rather than later.”

    Health Minister Steven Miles said work was progressing on a new 42 bed residential drug rehab centre in Rockhampton.

    “There is no one-size-fits all answer to Ice,” the Minister said.

    “Treatment is just as important as stopping supplies.”

    Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said almost one in three children who come into the care of the Department of Child Safety had a parent who had used methamphetamine (mainly ice) in the year prior to the child going into care.

    “This is a complex problem,” the Minister said.

    “It’s going to take a combined effort to address.”

    Ice Help ads can be found here: www.qld.gov.au/icehelp

    ENDS

    Media contact:

    Premier’s office: Shane Doherty - 0439 624 473