Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed the news this week of a major methamphetamine bust in Adelaide.

Law enforcement authorities, led by the AFP, have prevented more than 300 kilograms of ice from hitting the streets in South Australia, which had the potential to impact regional communities.

Mr Pasin said the Federal Coalition Government is taking action to stop the scourge of ice in regional Australia.

“I understand that regional communities are often the hardest hit when it comes to ice abuse and addiction,” Mr Pasin said.

“This issue is a huge concern to many local communities in Barker.

“That’s why the Federal Government is tackling the supply of methamphetamine through increased international cooperation, better intelligence sharing and stronger controls over precursor chemicals to prevent ice from reaching our shores.

“This latest seizure clearly demonstrates that the Coalition’s targeted investments are putting a major dent into the ice epidemic in regional communities.

“But law enforcement is only one facet of a very comprehensive strategy at the Federal level,” Mr Pasin said.

The Coalition Government is investing almost $300 million dollars as part of the National Ice Action Strategy to combat illicit drug use, through better treatment, after care and education.

“This includes grassroots programmes in local communities such as Local Drug Action Teams, and an extension of the Good Sports program in regional sporting clubs to develop local strategies to prevent substance abuse in our local communities.”


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