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Drugs are a big problem throughout Australia Hundreds of people die each year from drug overdoses and many crimes can be easily linked to drug use John Howard has devoted 516 million of the Federal budget to the tough on drugs stance Australia has taken Despite this drugs are still a large problem that affects everybody throughout society in some form The control of drugs has been a world-wide concern since the International Opium Commission also known as the Shanghai Conference held in 1909 An Opium Conference at the Hague in 1911 created the first treaty which tried to control opium and cocaine through a world wide agreement This was known as the 1912 Hague Opium Convention The Hague Convention has been administered by the United Nations as of 1946 The International Narcotics Control Board was established in 1968 and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs was established even earlier in 1946 The role of the International Narcotics Board is to limit the cultivation production manufacture and utilisation of drugs and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs is the main policy making commission within the United Nations for dealing with all questions about drug control Australias drug policy the National Illicit Drug Strategy commonly known as tough on drugs plays a major role in the control of illicit drugs in Australia The Howard government has allocated 516 million to try to reduce the supply and demand for illicit drugs 225 million of that 516 million has been allocated to numerous supply reduction measures to intercept more illicit drugs at the country and state borders The remaining 291 million has been allocated to reducing the demand for drugs covering the following 5 main areas 1Treatment of users of illicit drugs including identification of best practice 2Prevention of illicit drug use 3Training and skills development for front line workers who come into contact with drug users or at risk groups 4Monitoring and evaluation including data collection 5Research The Intergovernmental
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