Tasmanian Drug Strategy

Tasmanian Drug Strategy

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Welcome to the Tasmanian Drug Strategy Website. This website provides information on alcohol and other drug issues, and the strategic approaches developed to deal with these issues in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Drug Strategy 2013-2018

The Tasmanian Drug Strategy 2013-2018 does not establish a new policy direction for Tasmania in response to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. It instead seeks to build upon previous efforts and to provide the overarching framework that draws together and links existing policy responses to the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs into one concise strategy.

The new TDS was developed utilising the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 (NDS) as the principal strategic document, but focussing on areas of significance for Tasmanians.

The new TDS maintains the concept of harm minimisation as its underlying concept. This concept is based on reducing the supply, or availability, of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; reducing demand through prevention, early intervention and treatment; and reducing the harms associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Also consistent with previous iterations of the Tasmanian Drug Strategy, the new TDS provides the framework for coordinated effort to prevent or reduce the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use.

The new TDS identifies a number of priorities, some of which are clearly linked to current priorities, such as the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework 2010-2015 and the Tasmanian Tobacco Action Plan 2011-2015.  The IAWGD will continue to coordinate implementation of the TDS and report to the Tasmanian Government through the Minister for Health on progress towards meeting the aims and priorities. Annual Implementation Plans under the Tasmanian Tobacco Action Plan 2011-2015 and the Tasmanian Alcohol Action Framework 2010-2015 will continue to be implemented and monitored in accordance with those plans, with annual reports being provided by the IAWGD.