Drug Policy Australia is a public health NGO primarily concerned with promoting new approaches to minimise the health risks and other harms caused by the use of both licit and illicit drugs which affects the well-being of all Australians.
Prohibition is killing our children
Drug use can be dangerous but prohibition makes them more dangerous, even deadly. We've had 60 years of prohibitionist drug policies in Australia in yet drug use is at an all-time high. Surely it's time to try alternative approaches to drug policy that reduces the damage that prohibition does to our young people.
"We believe that legally enforced abstinence is counter-productive in Australia which has one of the highest per capita consumption rates of drugs in the world."
Speech by Greg Chipp at the Melbourne Town Hall.
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Facts from the government
- 9.0 million (43%) Australians aged over 14 used an illegal drug in their lifetime.
- 3.4 million (16.4%) Australians aged over 14 used an illicit drug within the preceding 12-months. (2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey)
- Australians spent $9.3 billion on illicit recreational drugs in 2018. (Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission)
- Australians spent another $14.9 billion on alcohol (Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey)
The best health outcome for those Australians using a psychoactive substance and their families are best achieved by legal regulation of drugs and harm reduction strategies.
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