The ACT government has added an $800,000 funding boost to drug treatment and support services as part of the growing response to the drug ice.
Health Minister Simon Corbell said the new funding from next month's ACT budget would help the work of non-government organisations operating in Canberra, where treatment for amphetamines as a primary drug increased from 196 to 496 between 2010 and 2013.
Mr Corbell said recent use of crystal methamphetamine, the form of the drug known as ice, had more than doubled from 22 per cent to 50 per cent.
The Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy will receive $115,000 to roll out a pilot program for naloxone overdose management.
Other funding will go to about six organisations who provide drug treatment and support services, in order to increase service capacity and reduce waiting times.
"The additional $800,000 takes the total funding to $17.2 million next financial year," Mr Corbell said in a statement.
"What we have seen in the ACT is a very significant increase in the utilisation of ice and the reason for that is it's relatively cheap to obtain, its easy to manufacture and its easy to use."
Earlier this month the Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Association ACT called for $1.6 million in urgent funding from next month's ACT budget, as drug users suffer from the effects of the higher-purity methamphetamine.
ATODA said there was no evidence to suggest a surge in ice use, but a shift to the dangerous crystalline form and higher purity drugs posed a growing threat.
The group has given evidence to public hearings of the newly formed national ice taskforce and called for measured response and commentary about the drug.
Mr Corbell said a coordinated response was required to fight the ice problem.
"It is really going to assist in helping meet the very significant increase in demand. More and more people are seeking help because of the terrible impacts that ice has on their lives, on their families and on our community.
"We know that ice can lead to very severe levels of psychosis, very significant levels of violence and we know that it can be extremely detrimental to people's heath."
The nation taskforce, chaired by former chief commissioner of Victoria Police Ken Lay, will examine existing state and territory efforts to address the impact of ice and establish a coordinated approach to education, health and law enforcement.
Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy manager Sione Crawford said ice use had grown in Canberra by more than 100 per cent in recent years.
"What's important to understand and remember though is only 2 per cent of people in Australia use crystal methamphetamine regularly and while the way people use ice is sometimes dangerous there are a large number of people who are not a threat to society.
"Many are really just trying to get through, get into treatment and help themselves," Mr Crawford said.