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Labor's commitment to new drug treatment service on South Coast



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THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MEMBER FOR SYDNEY

STEPHEN JONES MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR HEALTH MEMBER FOR THROSBY LABOR CANDIDATE FOR WHITLAM

FIONA PHILLIPS

LABOR CANDIDATE FOR GILMORE

LABOR’S COMMITMENT TO NEW DRUG TREATMENT SERVICE ON SOUTH COAST

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in the first-stage planning for a new alcohol and illicit drug treatment centre on the South Coast.

This commitment is the first step towards a desperately needed new service that will make a real difference to people in the region.

Illicit drug use, particularly crystal methamphetamine or “ice”, is a massive problem for communities in the local area.

It has been reported that amphetamine use - which includes ice - has quadrupled since 2010. This hasn’t escaped the attention of the local authorities; Strike Force Croki resulted in the arrest of almost 50 people in the Shoalhaven on serious drug supply charges.

Over-stretched treatment services are doing their best to keep up. The Shoalhaven Recovery Service has said that it has seen an increase in patients presenting due to amphetamine use from five per cent in 2010 to 24 per cent in 2014.

Labor has listened to the concerns of the people of Gilmore and has committed to action, so that people have access to the treatment they need.

When someone puts their hand up and says that they want to change their life we need to get them help right away - it’s no good going on to a waiting list because some people will give up on treatment.

Local residents have said they are worried about ice use and services not being available to treat people who are addicted to this harmful drug. Parents are at their wits’ end trying to get their sons and daughters into treatment only to be told that there isn’t space.

Labor will dedicate $2 million to the planning of a brand new alcohol and illicit drug treatment service on the South Coast to address this growing problem.

FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2016