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Canberra Drug Rehabilitation Services given $3m in funding to reduce ice use

Date posted: 9 June 2016

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT's) Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services will share in $3 million, under a Federal government plan to reduce the use of drugs, with a particular emphasis on ice (methamphetamine). Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, said that the funding would specifically address 'treatment, education, rehab, and detox for ice here in this community'.

ACT Senator, Zed Seselja, said the funds were crucial as drug users struggled to find help. 'What was most powerful I think was hearing from some of the families who were saying it still was difficult to find treatment options and that they were desperate for them and that's always a challenge,' he said. 'It's not even just about those in Canberra, we know that Canberra acts as a hub for many in the region who have issues of drug addiction who come looking for services here in town...This funding is also important for the wider region.'

Source: ABC News

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