NT Senator Dr Sam McMahon is calling for new local drug action teams to drive down methamphetamine use across the Territory.
"Alcohol and other drugs, including ice or crystal methamphetamine, are issues for communities, not just for individuals," Senator McMahon said.
She says community organisations are being invited to form a partnership to tackle drugs and alcohol, backed by funding from the Morrison Government.
"Community action is effective because many of the factors influencing drug-related harm can only be targeted at the community level, like social connections, education and a sense of belonging," Dr McMahon said.
This recruitment round aims to approve 40 new LDATs, which can apply for $10,000 in initial funding to support prevention and health promotion activities, with further funding available.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt said the program was an important prevention initiative, targeting a broad range of alcohol and drug related issues that are relevant in their communities.
"There are currently 238 local teams doing great work in all states and territories, who in partnership with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation are developing Community Action Plans to target their local needs," he said.
"The LDAT program has received more than $29 million since it began in 2016 and our government has already committed more than $800 million over four years to reduce the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on individuals, families and communities."
Applications are now open and close on Friday, March 5.
For more information visit the website here https://community.adf.org.au.
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