WA Budget: state to spend $14.9m in fight against meth use

THE State Government will spend $14.9 million in 2016-17 to fight methamphetamine use.

Measures in last week’s State Budget included an extra 52 meth rehabilitation beds and eight ‘low-medical withdrawal’ beds to help those addicted to the drug, commonly known as ice.

Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said that would bring the total number of residential rehabilitation beds for those battling alcohol and drug addictions to more than 400.

“Families are crying out for more help to get their loved ones off this drug and this funding will provide extra residential rehabilitation and withdrawal services,” Ms Mitchell said.

Treasurer Mike Nahan said the measures were part of a “cross-agency” approach to combating meth.

“The funding builds on the work being undertaken by WA Police,” Dr Nahan said.

WA Police recorded a 40.8 per cent increase in amphetamine-type stimulant arrests between 2013-14 and 2014-15.