- Minister and Local Member co-chair roundtable discussion to fight meth scourge in South-West
- Contributions from health and community groups to be considered by McGowan Government Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce
Health and community workers from across the South-West came together today to discuss the way forward in the fight against methamphetamine use as the treatment numbers for people in Bunbury increased by 65 per cent compared with five years ago.
Mental Health Minister Roger Cook and Bunbury MLA Don Punch co-chaired the roundtable which was attended by Premier Mark McGowan; Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan; Attorney General John Quigley; Child Protection, Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk; chairperson of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce Ron Alexander; and representatives from health and community groups across the South-West.
The roundtable will help to inform the McGowan Labor Government's specialised meth taskforce as it continues to implement its State-wide, co-ordinated and targeted Methamphetamine Action Plan.
The plan focuses on three equal pillars of prevention, protection and prosecution, and aims to better support communities and families impacted by the devastating effects and flow-on effects of meth use.
In 2012-13, there were 124 treatment episodes for amphetamine-type stimulants provided to people in Bunbury compared with 204 in 2016-17.
People in Bunbury and the South-West can access the South West Alcohol and Drug Services for free and confidential treatment and support services or phone the Alcohol and Drug Support Line for free help on 9442 5000 (metro) or 1800 198 024 (regional).
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"We welcome the invaluable input from the people battling these issues on the ground in the South-West including the South West Community Alcohol & Drug Service, Bunbury Noongar Local Drug Action Group, Doors Wide Open, Ice Breakers, Bunbury PCYC and the Breakaway Aboriginal Corporation.
"Our Methamphetamine Action Plan gives equal emphasis to reducing demand, the harm caused by use, and the supply of the drug crippling this State.
"Our taskforce will play an integral role in overseeing the plan to ensure it is delivered efficiently and effectively with a focus on the communities most affected."
Comments attributed to Bunbury MLA Don Punch:
"Our focus as a government is on building strong communities, safer communities, and providing support for families and we need their input in the fight against methamphetamine use which is what today's roundtable is all about.
"Helping our regional communities to support each other can lead to healthier, safer and more connected communities."
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