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Heroin-related deaths on the rise in Victoria

Monday 31 July 2017

Background

Reports today show Victoria’s drug crisis is continuing to worsen, with heroin-related deaths expected to surpass the road toll within two or three years if current trends continue.

Figures from the Coroners Court show 190 people died from heroin-related overdoses in Victoria in 2016, up 71 per cent since 2012.

A recent report from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found drug manufacture in Victoria was rising. One in four clandestine laboratories detected in Australia in 2015-16 was in Victoria, up 10 per cent since Daniel Andrews came to office.

The report also showed Victoria recorded among the highest drug usage rates in the country.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Mental Health Emma Kealy

Reports of the rising toll of insidious drugs like ice and heroin is more evidence of Victoria’s growing crime and drugs crisis.

Drug dealers prey on the most vulnerable people in our community but the Andrews Labor Government refuses to take the action needed to toughen sentences for traffickers.  Anyone who deals or trafficks hard drugs should be locked up for a very long time.

Under Daniel Andrews we are seeing drug-related crime spiral out of control, drug use skyrocket, but drug rehabilitation wait lists have blown out to over a year.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to tackle the drug epidemic through targeted education, better access to drug treatment and bringing down the drug kingpins that prey on some of the most vulnerable people in our community.