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WA Government strengthens fight against methamphetamine in budget 2016-17

Date posted: 12 May 2016

In a joint media statement, the Western Australian (WA) Government has made the 2016-17 budget commitment of $9.8 million, for an extra 52 rehabilitation beds and eight low-medical withdrawal beds across WA for people addicted to methamphetamine (ice). This new measure is a part of the Mental Health Commission's $14.9 million commitment to combat the use of methamphetamine in WA, which also includes:

Mental Health Minister, the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA, said that 'Families are crying out for more help to get their loved ones off this drug and this funding will provide extra residential rehabilitation and withdrawal services.'

The Treasurer, the Hon Mike Nahan MLA outlined the reason behind the budget commitment: 'The Liberal National Government is committed to a co-ordinated cross-agency approach, which includes the Mental Health Commission, WA Police, Department of Education and the Department of Corrective Services. The Government's full response is outlined in the WA Meth Strategy,' the Treasurer said.

Deputy Premier and Police Minister, the Hon Liza Harvey, said that 'WA Police have already put in place the WA Police meth enforcement action plan, which fits under the Government's broader WA meth strategy...This involves having dedicated meth teams to target dealers and conduct searches of trucks and vehicles, new laws to target those who set up clandestine labs, increased roadside drug testing, and seizing cash profits from meth sales.'

The Department of Corrective Services will spend more than $11.6 million over the next two years on a range of drug and alcohol intervention and treatment services to help rehabilitate the high number of prisoners with methamphetamine and other drug addictions.

Source: Government of Western Australia


Last updated: 12 May 2016
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