Meth rivals alcohol abuse
Issues surrounding meth use are becoming as serious as those caused by excessive alcohol consumption, according to the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia.
AHCWA chairwoman Michelle Nelson-Cox meant a lack of services and those that did exist being inadequately prepared to provide care for those using drugs.
“From the Aboriginal community perspective, we are certainly seeing methamphetamine use becoming just as significant as alcohol use,” she said.
“Our people are crying out for help.
Port Hedland Bloodwood Tree chief executive Kelly Howlett agreed there had been a rise in the illicit drug’s use.
“While it has risen significantly, it has not yet here in Port/South Hedland overtaken excessive alcohol use,” she said.
“Excessive alcohol use is still our primary area of focus.”
Ms Howlett said Bloodwood Tree provided services, not only for those in need of methamphetamine intervention, but also for family members and carers, through counselling and a range of sober living programs.
“Bloodwood Tree provides counselling, both as a one-on-one and group support programs such as our SMART Group and the Safe, Sober Strong Program,” she said.