However regional jurisdictions also have individualised action plans and

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However, regional jurisdictions also have individualised action plans and strategies to tackle
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ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 3 alcohol and other drugs. The National Drug Strategy is important to the country’s fight against drugs and its focus is the reduction of harm caused by alcohol and drugs (Ritter et al., 2014). The National Drug Strategy Household Survey is a critical component of Australia’s drug policy and is utilised in monitoring patterns and the efficacy of the National Drug Strategy ( Berends et al., 2011). The surveys documents attitudes, behaviour and knowledge regarding the use of drugs among Australians of ages 14 and above. To meet this target it outlines eight areas that require prioritising including access to treatment, professional training and education, supply reduction, partnerships, community awareness, research, and harm prevention. Besides, the national policy, there are numerous legislation within Australian territories developed as jurisdictional and national levels to tackle drugs use. Local governments including New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania have individualised legislation focusing in alcohol and other drugs that mirrors national and regional perspectives in lowering drug use in the country. These territories have local police and various drug enforcement agencies whose responsibility is enforcing laws that curb the distribution and consumption of drugs ( James, 2016). A notable example of Australian drug legislation is the Alcohol and Other Drugs Act 1974 whose goal is to offer treatment, rehabilitation, and care to people encountering alcohol and other drug use problems ( Lancaster, Duke, & Ritter, 2015). With its national policies, legislation and programs, Australia aims to improve the social, health, and economic outcomes of its citizens as well as communities. Consumers and Carers Consumers and carers play important roles in mitigating the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs in Australia. All local, state and national policies are created with the users and persons affected by drugs in mind to ensure all Australians find a healthy balance in their lives.
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ALCOHOL AND DRUGS 4 According to the legislation, consumers denote people with direct experience of alcohol and
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