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Addictions treatment services needed, says Irwin.

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Addictions Treatment Services Needed, Says Irwin Federal Member for Fowler, Julia Irwin, says drug dependency treatment facilities should be more widely available and accessible within the community.

Speaking in parliament during Drug Action Week last week, Mrs Irwin said the “out of sight, out of mind” approach to dealing with drug addiction was inadequate and that programs based only on a policing strategy had only a mixed success.

“If you reduce the demand for illicit drugs, as well as the supply, you will reduce the overall market,” she said.

She said putting treatment services in often inaccessible industrial estates forced clients to live nearby, often removing them from family support.

“‘Not in my backyard’ is the guiding principle for the location of treatment centres.

“Only when communities recognise that people suffering from drug addiction … come from our own street and are part of the community will we begin to appreciate the effective role that treatments can play and the way that those treatments can improve life for the whole of our community,” Mrs Irwin said.

- 23rd June 2006