Win­ner warns of meth is­sues

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Business -

THE 2015 Tel­stra Busi­ness Woman of the Year Angie Paske­vi­cius says there is a clear need for pre­ven­ta­tive drug and al­co­hol treat­ments.

Ms Paske­vi­cius has been the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Vic­to­ria Park’s Holyoake for eight years and is the di­rec­tor of the WA Net­work of Al­co­hol and other Drug Agen­cies.

“While al­co­hol use con­tin­ues to be a main area of con­cern for our com­mu­nity, over the past year, Holyoake has seen an in­crease of up to 14 per cent in the num­ber of peo­ple pre­sent­ing with metham­phetamine use is­sues across our Vic­to­ria Park and Wheat­belt ser­vices,” she said.

“This is of great con­cern be­cause metham­phetamine, or ice, is the most po­tent and harm­ful form of all the am­phet­a­mine type stim­u­lants.”

She said there needed to a boost in ef­forts to re­duce al­co­hol and drug mis­use.

“We help more than 6500 West Aus­tralians ev­ery year so sup­port ser­vices like ours will al­ways be crit­i­cal, as will ed­u­ca­tion about the risks of mis­us­ing drugs and al­co­hol, but it has to go deeper,” she said.

“More funds need to be di­rect- ed at sup­port­ing peo­ple’s needs and help­ing with un­der­ly­ing is­sues early, be­fore they turn to th­ese un­healthy cop­ing mech­a­nisms that wreak so much havoc on fam­i­lies and work­places.”

Holyoake has pro­grams to sup­port part­ners, par­ents, chil­dren, ado­les­cents, young adults, friends and col­leagues of peo­ple mis­us­ing sub­stances.

Visit www.holyoake.org.au for more de­tails.

Angie Paske­vi­cius.

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