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Ice rehab won’t be expanded until National Taskforce reports

THE Queensland Government may increase rehabilitation services for the drug ice in regional Queensland - but not until a national drug taskforce releases its report.

During question time on Thursday Katter's Australian Party MP Shane Knuth told the parliament regional and remote communities were struggling with the "ice epidemic".

The Dalrymple MP asked Health Minister Cameron Dick what the Queensland Government was doing to help rehabilitate ice addicts.

Mr Dick said although he believed in a "strong law enforcement response" the government might look at expanding rehabilitation services when a national taskforce reported to premiers and the Prime Minister.

"I think drugs do harm to families, individuals and communities and I support a law enforcement response and I know my colleagues in the government do," he said.

"In respect of rehabilitation it is an important question. The further investment of the government, as I've said publicly, will be informed by the outcomes of the National Ice Taskforce. And that will be reported to first ministers - the Premiers, the Chief Ministers and the Prime Minister - at a meeting of COAG later this year.

"So I'm not ruling it out, I'm not ruling out expanding those services - but it would be, I think, not prudent for us to run and do further investment (before the Taskforce reports)."

- APN NEWSDESK



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