The increasing availability and use of illicit drugs across the country is doing irreversible harm and robbing us of our potential as a nation.
New Conservative believes that the long-term solution is strong families and healthy relationships, which will help reduce the search for something to numb the felt pain so prevalent today.
In the short term, New Conservative will provide police and corrections staff with the powers and authority to drug test offenders on probation, home detention and bail. Police will also be able to test for drugs or alcohol if they suspect an offender has committed an alcohol or drug-fuelled violent assault. Those showing a pattern of addiction will be required to enter a drug addiction help programme with a proven success record.