Over the last 10 years over 4,300 persons have died from illicit drug overdose. That such a toll is met with an inadequate a response is a tragedy of national proportion. There are still not enough treatment options and services. There is now more treatment but the level of resources is not keeping pace with the growing need for it. Moreover, treatment through drug courts and diversion schemes is still backed by the threat of criminal sanctions. This further marginalises users from their family and support networks. For no medical condition other than addiction to illicit drugs is the criminal law given such a role. There is also too much reluctance to trial measures that are likely to work.