Community Action on Meth: More than 7000 calls made to Meth Helpline in WA

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MORE than 7000 people in WA accessed free professional drug counselling and support through the state wide Meth Helpline since it was made available.

The free Alcohol and Drug Support Service received 7178 calls about methamphetamine across WA from when it launched in September 2016 to February 18, 2018.

A Mental Health Commission spokeswoman said people calling the 24-hour, 7-day a week helpline were referred to services that best suited to their circumstances, either within or outside their local government area.

“If you are concerned about your meth use or that of a family member or friend, call the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878 or your local Community Alcohol and Drug Service,” she said.

“If you live on the northern side of the City of Stirling, your closest may be the North Metropolitan CADS in Warwick.

“If you are on the southern side your closest may be the Next Step Drug and Alcohol Services in East Perth.”

The Mental Health Commission employs counsellors to provide the Alcohol and Drug Support Service help lines, as well as clinical and support staff to deliver drug and alcohol community treatment services via Next Step Drug and Alcohol Service.

Facts and myths about WA meth use
Myth: meth use is an epidemic in WA.
Fact: alcohol is the most commonly used drug in WA.
Myth: the number of people using meth has increased in the past three years.
Fact: methamphetamine use declined in WA between 2013 and 2016 according to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey.
Myth: the only one affected by meth use is the person using it.
Fact: harm caused by meth is also a significant problem for those close to the user and frontline agencies.

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