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Football legend to lead WA's taskforce on ice

Date posted: 27 June 2017

Football great, Ron Alexander, is leading Western Australia's (WA) high-powered taskforce to tackle the use of ice across the state.

The task force will steer the government's election commitment of a $45 million methamphetamine action plan over four years, which includes a proposal for dedicated drug residential rehabilitation in prisons. Key performance indicators will be set so the government can track progress in reducing the use and harm associated with ice.

Announcing the task force with Premier Mark McGowan, Health Minister, Roger Cook, said it was time to act. 'This is having a dramatic and damaging effect on the wider community,' he said. 'The extreme physical, psychological and neurological damage done to users is devastating and creates long-term problems which also impact on the community.'

Mr McGowan said it was important to have community leaders in a specialised task force to tackle a drug that was crippling WA. 'We understand frontline service providers like police, emergency department staff and paramedics often bear the brunt of drug-fuelled behaviours, and they deserve support from the community and the state,' he said.

Those joining Mr Alexander on the taskforce include State Crime Assistant Commissioner, Michelle Fyfe, Royal Perth Hospital emergency physician, Daniel Fatovich, illicit-drug expert from the National Drug Research Institute, Simon Lenton, Aboriginal health researcher at Edith Cowan University, Colleen Hayward, and Bunbury MLA, Don Punch.

Source: The West Australian

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Last updated: 27 June 2017
 
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