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The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge, has released Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013 - 2017. This is Victoria's first whole of government strategy to reduce the impact of alcohol and drug use on the Victorian community.
The plan sets out how the Victorian Government will work with the community to bring down the alcohol and drug toll and deliver better health outcomes to thousands of Victorians who want to recover from the harm associated with alcohol and drug use. Launching Reducing the alcohol and drug toll: Victoria's plan 2013-2017, Minister Wooldridge said the plan provided a new agenda to improve the way police, courts, schools, hospitals, health and community services and the broader community work together to bring down the alcohol and drug toll.
The 15-point plan provides a comprehensive response to the three major drug types: alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs and illegal drugs. It also focuses on care, treatment and recovery as well as strengthening leadership and coordinated action in reducing the alcohol and drug toll.
In recognition of the increasing number of alcohol and drug-related hospital admissions, $12 million will be provided to 21 hospital emergency departments across Victoria to specifically support people with alcohol and drug-related problems.
Source: Victorian Department of Health
Policy and Prevention
Policy, Planning and Strategy
Mental Health, Drugs and Regions
Department of Health
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Melbourne Vic 3000
Ph: (03) 9096 9000