Australia's National Drug Strategy beyond 2009: consultation paper
Recently, there has been much focus on the possible social and economic impacts of the global financial crisis. While Australia seems to have avoided the worst effects of the economic crisis, there is still a prospect of rising unemployment and insecurity and an associated risk of increased alcohol and drug use. Drug trends that may emerge in poorly performing economies overseas may also generate impacts for Australia.
Australian Governments have recently placed an increasing priority on social inclusion, with an emphasis on programs to address unemployment, homelessness and mental illness and social disadvantage. Supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction programs delivered by the government and non government sector under the National Drug Strategy will continue to be important contributors to the social inclusion agenda.
How can efforts under the National Drug Strategy better complement the social inclusion agenda such as addressing unemployment, homelessness, mental illness and social disadvantage?
Where should effort be focused in reducing substance use and associated harms among vulnerable populations?