SMHSydney Morning Herald said:Ice is no party drug, says Ellison
December 14, 2006 - 10:29AM
The term "party drug" should be banned in Australia, Justice Minister Chris Ellison says, ahead of a crisis meeting on the drug, ice.
Federal, state and New Zealand ministers are attending the forum in Sydney focusing on the drug crystal methamphetamine hydrochloride, known commonly as ice.
The forum will discuss international trends in the use and trafficking of the drug and prevention and education options.
Senator Ellison said one thing that should be looked at was omitting names which made drugs sound attractive.
"One of the things I'd like to see outlawed in Australia is the use of the term 'party drugs' or 'recreational drugs' because we need to get through to young Australians that drugs are dangerous," Senator Ellison told the Nine Network.
He said ice was only a very new drug but had proved to be extremely dangerous.
"It is one of the greatest challenges we face in the world of drugs and we shouldn't take our eye off the ball in relation to amphetamines generally, but ice is a pure form of that drug and it's a very dangerous drug," he said.
"This drug brings about very violent behaviour and that's where it differs from other drugs and makes it so dangerous."
The government has pledged $5.5 million to the rehabilitation of those addicted to ice, with the money coming from the proceeds collected from crime.
Senator Ellison said the government was prepared to spend much more on fighting this drug, and that would be discussed in the meeting.
"It's very important that we look at rehabilitating those who have an addiction but also law enforcement measures and education," he said.
However Senator Ellison said the federal government would not legalise injecting rooms.
"We think it's dangerous to mix your messages when you're dealing with educating young people against the dangers of drugs such as ice.
"There is no place in Australia for supervised injecting rooms ... whether it is heroin, ice or any other drug."
[EDIT: Posts split from Meth Media Watch thread. hoptis]
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