Psychostimulants

Psychostimulants

The Tasmanian Psychostimulants Action Plan 2007-2009 is one of three initiatives under the Tasmania Drug Strategy 2005-2009 developed by the Interagency Working Group on Drugs (IAWGD) to deal with increasing psychostimulant use.
 
Psychostimulants are a group of illicit drugs that stimulate the central nervous system. Use of these drugs can result in a range of physical and mental health issues, dependence and addiction.
 
The three main classes of illicit psychostimulant are:

  • amphetamines
  • MDMA (ecstasy)
  • cocaine

There are particular concerns that amphetamine use, particularly long-term heavy use, has the potential to have a significant negative impact on the mental and physical health of users, and on society as a whole.
The Tasmanian Psychostimulants Action Plan 2007-2009 provides a framework for integrated and coordinated services across both the Government and the non-government sectors, and aims to minimise the harms associated with psychostimulant misuse in Tasmania.
 
The Tasmanian Psychostimulants Action Plan priorities are:

1. Community safety
2. Prevention and reduction
3. Improved access to quality treatment
 
Following a review of the Tasmanian Psychostimulants Action Plan 2007-2009 in 2009 and 2010, the Minister for Health has extended the Tasmanian Psychostimulants Action Plan 2007-2009 until the end of 2013.   

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