Comment open on compulsory ‘last resort’ treatment for drug and alochol addiction

Comment open on compulsory ‘last resort’ treatment for drug and alochol addiction

PLANS for compulsory “last resort treatment” for alcohol and drug addiction is open for public comment in WA.

Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell invited the community to have a say following the release of discussion papers by the Mental Health Commission.

“All West Australians, including people who have experienced their own alcohol or drug problems, family members, service providers and the wider community are invited to have their say on this important legislation,” Ms Mitchell said.

She said part referral pathways, duration and safeguards were part of a program development in consultation with support services, experts, and the community.

A commitment of $14.9 million into prevention, treatment and support services over two years is part of the WA Meth Strategy.

In August, an analysis of state sewerage revealed Western Australians used about two tonnes, or $2 billion worth, of methamphetamine a year.

Of the three catchment areas tested, Bunbury had the highest rate of meth used at 558 doses each week per 1000 people.

The wastewater result for Perth showed 344 doses of meth used every week per 1000 people.

A draft bill for community consultation is due for release before the end of the year.

To make a submission, visit www.mhc.wa.gov.au.