$1m to fight ice use
THE State Government will spend more than $1 million over the next three years on education and awareness campaigns to prevent methamphetamine use and reduce harm.
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said work was well underway on developing a new $335,000 public education campaign for release later this year to coincide with the summer festival period.
“The target group for the campaign includes 15-to-29year-olds, focusing on those who are at risk of use, or are using methamphetamine,” she said.
A further $805,000 has been earmarked for campaigns in 2016 and 2017 allowing the campaign to be repeated twice yearly, and evaluated in the final year.
“In addition, we are also redeveloping the Drug Aware website so it is accessible from any device, including smartphones,” Mrs Morton said.
“The website is a critical element of the campaign, providing credible, factual information about methamphetamines and where to get help,” she said.
State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan criticised the Government, saying it has realised WA has had a meth problem since it has been in power.
“Mr Barnett has been in power for seven years and he has allowed meth to get out of control,” he said.
“The best he can come up with is to test sewerage and to launch a pitifully under-funded campaign.
“How can Colin Barnett waste almost $10 million in taxpayers’ money on political ads when so many Western Australians are directly or indirectly in the grip of ice?”
Mrs Morton said the Mental Health Commission will fund more than 40,000 treatment and support episodes for people with alcohol and other drug problems in 2015-16.
For more information about methamphetamine, alcohol or drugs, contact the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 9442 5000.