Implants needed to curb drug use: report

The Drug and Alcohol Report, released by the NSW government on Thursday, also calls for further funding to treatment services and education programs.

"Substance abuse is one of our most pressing social issues," Liberal MP and chair of the reporting committee Marie Ficarra said.

"We must continue to think about how we can respond to the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse more effectively."
The committee has made seven recommendations to the state government.

They include holding a national summit on alcohol abuse, reporting on the responses to the 2003 NSW alcohol summit, trialling naltrexone implants if approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), expanding the Drug Court program and increasing funding to drug and alcohol treatment services and education courses for students.

"Ministry estimates there are approximately 35,000 people in the state currently dependent on heroin," the report states.

And to tackle the