Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    New Community Drug Service Team will fight drug abuse in inner city

    18/11/1999 9:40 AM


    A new specialist Community Drug Service Team will combat drug abuse in the inner city of Perth in a move announced today in the State Government’s latest two-year plan to counter drug abuse, Together Against Drugs.

    The Minister Responsible for Drug Abuse Strategy, Rhonda Parker, said the new Community Drug Service Team, the twelfth in the State, would provide linkages to continuing treatment, support for inner city welfare services and support for the community to prevent drug abuse.

    “We will also be building on the innovative workplace learning programs developed with Family and Children’s Services and the Ministry of Justice,” she said.

    “Similar programs will be developed with the youth services sector to improve their ability to reduce drug abuse by young people.

    “Other programs will be established for Aboriginal services and communities, and prisons to assist custodial staff to support prisoners overcoming drug addiction.”

    The Community Drug Service Team will receive funding of $200,000 a year.

    In other developments, the Minister said protocols and other formal linkages would also be developed for Community Drug Service Teams, and other alcohol and drug services with supported accommodation and employment services.

    Schools would be supported through the School Drug Counselling Project, which was developed in conjunction with Community Drug Service Teams as part of the School Drug Education Project.

    “Information about the State-wide network of Community Drug Service Teams is outlined in a new pamphlet, including the telephone numbers of all the service teams, the 24 hour support numbers, and details about local support for individuals and families,” Mrs Parker said.

    The pamphlet is available through local Community Drug Service Teams or WADASO on 9483 8244,

    Media contact: Owen Cole: 9481 7810