$1m to fight ice use

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

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.

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