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$283,000 for drug rehab unit in Adelaide's south.



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F i g h t i n g f o r o u r f u t u r e

30 April 2004

$283,000 for drug rehab unit in Adelaide’s south

A southern Adelaide community group has received a $283,000 grant to support families and individuals to overcome drug and alcohol problems.

The Drug Awareness and Relief Foundation (DRUG-ARM) unit at Hallett Cove is one of 64 community organisations to receive grants, totalling $18 million, announced today by the Prime Minister.

The funding is being provided under the National Illicit Drug Strategy Non Government Organisation Treatment Grants Program.

DRUG-ARM will use the funds for a Community Assessment and Response Team. The team will carry out a range of supportive efforts, including behavioural therapy, social skills training, relapse prevention and referrals through home visits.

They are one of six organisations in South Australia to receive funding today to continue the fight against drug and alcohol abuse.

Community-based organisations, such as DRUG-ARM have shown themselves to be effective in helping to combat problems associated with drug use.

Their work complements the focus of our program that provide support for family members and communities that are being adversely affected by drug usage.

I know the devastating impact that drugs and alcohol can have not only on users, but their loved ones around them as well. Everyone suffers.

The $283,000 announced today for the southern Adelaide unit is in addition to $47 million allocated to 113 organisations under Stage 1 of the Program, outlined by the Prime Minister in 2003.

Since 1997, the Howard Government has allocated more than $1 billion to the National Illicit Drug Strategy ‘Tough on Drugs’.

Media contact: John Deller on (08) 8374 0511 or 0439 802 767