Many small towns in Australia have already been overrun by crystal meth or ice, but the residents of one such town in New South Wales have learned how to fight back, says Jonathan Pearlman in a report for The Telegraph.
The decision to enforce in phases the drug and alcohol fitness for work amendments–specifically the compulsory drug tests–for the building and construction industry under the Building Code 2013 has been welcomed by Master Builders Australia, a major Australian building and construction industry association.
In its bid to set behavioural standards for its construction sites, the Australian government will be implementing changes to the Building Code, including mandatory drug testing on most Commonwealth-funded building sites, starting October 16, 2015, says an article contribution by Cathy Cato for Sourceable.
Senator Eric Abetz on Friday has introduced amendments to the Building Code 2013 requiring all firms involved in Commonwealth-funded construction work to have a drug and alcohol testing policy in place.
The growing ice epidemic in Australia is indeed everyone’s business, and it’s only right that everyone gets the right information about the drug. In this regard, the small South Australian city of Port Augusta is going in the right direction, holding a successful community forum on ice last July, reports Kara Johnson for The Transcontinental.
As part of its campaign against the drug ice, the New South Wales Government has vowed to boost its drug support services, starting with a $4 million commitment to help non-government organisations provide specialist rehabilitation services for ice users in regional communities.