No jail for ad­dicts

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Dy­lan Ca­porn

Peo­ple caught with il­licit drugs such as metham­phetamine and ec­stasy for per­sonal use will be redi­rected to health care rather than the jus­tice sys­tem un­der a Greens pol­icy an­nounced last week.

Fed­eral Greens leader Richard Di Natale an­nounced a harm-re­duc­tion strat­egy for drugs which will in­clude the de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of per­sonal pos­ses­sion of il­licit drugs.

Greens Up­per House can­di­date Ali­son Xa­mon said although hav­ing tough penal­ties for drug users was po­lit­i­cally pop­u­lar, ev­i­dence showed it did not work. “One of the big con­cerns we have is that the crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of drugs regime for per­sonal use pre­vents peo­ple from ac­cess­ing sup­port and as­sis­tance when they feel that they need it,” she said.

“You need to make sure you’re re­mov­ing any bar­ri­ers to peo­ple seek­ing sup­port.”

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