Meth helpline fund­ing cut

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

A HELPINE of­fer­ing free pro­fes­sional drug coun­selling has had its fund­ing slashed less than two years after it was es­tab­lished.

More than 7000 West Aus­tralians have ac­cessed the Meth Helpline, staffed by the Al­co­hol and Drug Sup­port Ser­vice, since it started in Septem­ber 2016.

Men­tal Health Com­mis­sioner Ti­mothy Mar­ney con­firmed $154,000 was be­ing cut from the ser­vice in the 2018-19 State Bud­get, which would re­sult in a loss of 10 coun­sel­lor shifts.

The Meth Helpline op­er­ates 24-7; call 1800 874 878.

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