Methamphetamine: Focusing Australia’s National Ice Strategy on the problem, not the symptom

Jhon Coyne, Vern White, Cesar Alvarez Velasquez

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


n this report, law enforcement isn't focused on arrests, prosecutions, custodial offences or seizures, as none of those will have a guaranteed impact on the problem. The focus is on means to reduce the availability of drugs, the disruption of user behaviour and the integration of education and health initiatives.

The report argues that the National Ice Strategy should consider three key points:

Integration. Drug strategies have a better chance of being successful when each of its initiatives are integrated into a strategically focussed harm reduction strategy.

Innovation. Education, health and enforcement stakeholder should be free from the limitations of wholly quantitative performance measures.

Disruption. Initiatives to tackle the ice problem should be focussed towards the disruption of problems rather than the treatment of symptoms of the problem.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherThe Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)2200-6648
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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