SCOURGE: A Drug Action Team has been set up to tackle drugs in the Granite Belt.
SCOURGE: A Drug Action Team has been set up to tackle drugs in the Granite Belt. Contributed

Funds will help 'team' tackle ice problem

A LOCAL Drug Action Team has been set up to fight one of the most destructive and addictive drugs of our time.

Funding has been provided to Stanthorpe's Community Development Services to tackle the drug ice, and its fall out, locally.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said he had made it his mission to fight the scourge by securing funding to deliver targeted local action on the Granite Belt.

"Tackling ice has always been a strong commitment for me as drug and alcohol addiction destroys families and our communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

"That's why the Coalition Federal Government has joined forces with the Community Development Services to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction by forming the Granite Belt Drug Action Team.

"Under this program, the Granite Belt Drug Action Team will receive an initial $10,000 in funding to deliver support services in the region.”

In Maranoa, two LDAT are active in the Balonne and Blackall-Tambo regions and now in the Granite Belt and Paroo Shire.

"There are more than 200,000 Australians using ice so, to help people stop using, we need to get the right mix of services and I believe community involvement is key.

"Whether you're a user, recovering from addiction, family member, medical professional, involved in community support or law enforcement, and everyone in-between, we need an open and honest discussion.

"Because what works in one region may not be suitable for another community and that's why a targeted and engaged approach is so important.”

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