- Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP) Taskforce release their community consultation report
- Western Australians share personal stories of involvement with methamphetamine
- McGowan Labor Government has committed $45 million over four years to implement the MAP to reduce demand, harm and supply
A new report reveals the views and experiences of Western Australians affected by methamphetamine use. The report has been released by the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce.
The MAP Taskforce report reveals the challenges faced by the community and includes insights from individuals, families, service providers and business representatives on how to best tackle the issue.
Several key themes emerged during the taskforce's consultation, including:
- The need for a focus on prevention and early intervention;
- The importance of reducing the stigma attached to drug use to encourage users to seek help earlier and help families feel less isolated;
- The difficulty in accessing and navigating a complex system to help and respond to people in crisis, particularly in regional areas; and
- The need for more practical support for families and individuals trying to rebuild their lives.
Chaired by Ron Alexander, the taskforce heard personal accounts of the devastating effect of methamphetamine use as well as the success stories of those who have overcome their addictions.
Consultation with businesses highlighted the significant impact on the workplace while service providers, including police and hospital workers, identified the need for better co-ordination and collaboration to support individuals and families.
The taskforce held over 70 meetings with more than 500 people. The community forums were held across metropolitan areas and regional centres, including Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Geraldton, Karratha, Port Hedland, Broome and Northam. Site visits were also made to Albany and Exmouth. In addition, 146 comments were provided during an online comment period.
Since coming to office, the McGowan Government has formed the Meth Border Force which has delivered significant results in the fight to stop meth hitting WA streets, and is a key plank of the whole-of-government approach to tackling the problem.
The Methamphetamine Action Plan: What the Taskforce heard report is available at https://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/MAPTaskforcecommunityconsultation
The MAP Taskforce will present its final report to the Government later this year.
Comments attributed to Deputy Premier, Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to reducing the harm, supply and demand of methamphetamine use, but for real solutions to work, we must better understand the challenges our communities face and their views on how best to tackle the problem.
"The consultation report from the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce provides valuable information and insights from those directly affected by methamphetamine use.
"I thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute their personal stories and the taskforce for consulting so widely on this important social issue."
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