- Major funding boost to implement McGowan Government's Meth Action Plan
- Whole-of-government response to meth crisis focusing on prevention, protection and prosecution
- McGowan Government delivers commitment to Meth Border Force, dedicated drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison, extra treatment facilities and more roadside alcohol and drug testing
The McGowan Labor Government has in the 2017-18 State Budget implemented the first stage of its co-ordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan to address Western Australia's meth crisis.
Recognising the complexities and challenges of the methamphetamine problem in WA, the action plan is a whole-of-government response that will focus on the three pillars of prevention, protection and prosecution.
The 2017-18 State Budget has $131.7 million towards the action plan, including:
- $83.5 million to establish a Meth Border Force which will start with the recruitment of 100 sworn police officers and 20 specialised intelligence staff;
- $3.8 million for the WA Police Force to target roadside alcohol and drug testing;
- $18 million to establish an alcohol and other drug residential rehabilitation centre in the South-West and $200,000 to commence planning for similar services in the Kimberley;
- An additional $12 million for residential and community-based treatment facilities;
- $9.6 million for a fit-for-purpose drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison at Wandoo and an additional $1.9 million for dedicated drug testing capabilities;
- $2.4 million to establish a triage unit to select prisoners who have been given short-term sentences for drug-related offences directing them to the rehabilitation prison; and
- Funding of $360,000 for a two-year trial of the Ice Breakers Program with Albany Police and Citizens Youth Club to support people moving from meth dependence into recovery.
The funding boost follows the implementation of new laws to increase the maximum sentence for trafficking 28 grams or more of meth from 25 years to life imprisonment - the delivery of another election commitment.
For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The McGowan Government is getting on with job of delivering the Methamphetamine Action Plan, one of our key election commitments.
"Addressing the meth crisis in WA is one of our top priorities. The drug is destroying lives and tearing families apart. It is contributing to horrific crimes against our community.
"WA has developed some of the worst rates of meth use in Australia. We need action. The McGowan Labor Government is absolutely committed to coming up with drastic, co-ordinated responses to WA's meth crisis."
Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Our plan recognises that prevention, treatment and rehabilitation must be at the forefront of any plans to reduce the impacts of meth in the community.
"By delivering extra community-based treatment facilities, we can provide more options for addicts to get clean and start the path towards non-dependence. The more people we can treat, the better off the entire community will be."
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"The Meth Border Force will be a specialist team led by 100 sworn police officers plus additional support staff, put together to intercept the movement of meth in and around the State.
"The team will also crack down on 'meth houses' in the suburbs and across regional WA.
"The additional funding for roadside drug and alcohol testing will send a strong message to motorists that if they drive under the influence of meth or other drugs, they are likely to get caught.
"We have also brought in the toughest sentencing regime in the country for serious meth traffickers by passing laws to send them to prison for life."
Comments attributed to Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan:
"WA needs a smarter and more dedicated approach to tackling the State's drug and alcohol-related offending and this Government is working on it.
"We will continue addressing the root cause of addiction in WA's prison estate, however transforming Wandoo into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation prison with best-practice treatment programs will give Department of Justice staff the ability to truly focus on the offenders.
"We have to break the cycle of reoffending that is driven by drug and alcohol addiction and abuse."
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