Winner warns of meth issues
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.