Border’s overdose stats grim
AS SUPPORT services groan under the weight of a booming demand for rehabilitation, a report into the number of overdoses across Australia has told a dire story for Coolangatta.
Australia’s Annual Overdose Report for 2017, released this week by the Penington Institute, revealed 42 had died from an overdose in Coolangatta between 2011 and 2015.
That’s 65% higher than the national average.
Penington Institute chief executive John Ryan said the border town’s numbers shed light on a “serious local issue that needs a coordinated response”.
“We need better community education for people who are experimenting with drug use before they become addicted,” Mr Ryan said.
“We need to do more to give people a chance to recover.
“Reducing barriers around medical treatment will provide many people who use drugs with a way out of a cycle of criminal activity and incarceration.
“This is not only a compassionate response, it is one that will actively work towards reducing crime in our community.”