The Liberal Government is continuing to monitor developments around drug use on the North-West Coast. There is no doubt that drug use is a concern to all Tasmanians – it was a concern under the former Government and it remains a concern now, not just in the North-West, but across the State and the rest of Australia.

Rather than sit on our hands as Labor and the Greens did, we have already taken action and ordered a review into drug use in the North-West where specific concerns have been raised.

A significant amount of work has been completed and we expect the review, together with advice from Tasmania Police, will be finalised and handed to Government in the next three weeks. We look forward to receiving all observations and evidence, which we will then consider and respond to.

There is no doubt that crystal methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug and poses substantial risks to anyone who experiments with it, wherever they live.

That’s why we are reforming our entire health system into a single statewide health service to utilise our resources more effectively and give all Tasmanians access to better services.

Labor and the Greens have been quick to take pot shots at the review after doing nothing on this issue. Rather than throw rocks from the sidelines, they should actually try and be constructive and support the work we are doing in health.

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