Meth ri­vals al­co­hol abuse

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

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.

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