Forced detox plan for meth users

Narrogin Observer - - News - Gabrielle Knowles

Out-of-con­trol ice ad­dicts could be forced into drug detox treat­ment un­der a State Gov­ern­ment plan to help des­per­ate fam­i­lies and tackle WA’s metham­phetamine scourge.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan and Men­tal Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook an­nounced they want to start a trial next year of “com­pul­sory cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion” for peo­ple with se­vere be­havioural prob­lems associated with their drug use.

While the le­gal­i­ties and de­tails of how the pro­gram would work were yet to be de­vel­oped, a short-term in­vol­un­tary “sta­bil­i­sa­tion and with­drawal ser­vice” was among the Gov­ern­ment’s ini­tial re­sponses to rec­om­men­da­tions from its Meth Ac­tion Plan Task­force.

“We’re work­ing on this be­cause the one thing the task force heard loud and clear from fam­i­lies is they want im­me­di­ate help . . . some­thing that isn’t a prison cell or a hos­pi­tal bed but a safe space,” Mr McGowan said on Mon­day.

“Fam­i­lies and es­pe­cially par­ents are cry­ing out for more sup­port and we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to do ev­ery­thing we pos­si­bly can to help them through the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of meth use on their sons and daugh­ters.”

The po­lice and men­tal health core­sponse pro­gram will also be ex­panded af­ter a two-year trial found it helped men­tally ill peo­ple get bet­ter treat­ment and saved po­lice and health ser­vices time.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said there had been a six-fold in­crease in the past decade in the num­ber of calls to po­lice for help where men­tal ill­ness, al­co­hol or drugs were a fac­tor.

Anal­y­sis of the trial found that though the model did not re­duce de­mand for po­lice ser­vices, it cut the time taken to deal with in­ci­dents be­cause a clin­i­cian could help de-es­ca­late sit­u­a­tions and of­fer more ap­pro­pri­ate care.

Two more mo­bile re­sponse units com­pris­ing po­lice of­fi­cers and men­tal health clin­i­cians will be in place by March, to dou­ble the metropoli­tan area cov­er­age.

To fur­ther re­duce de­mand on emer­gency de­part­ments, men­tal health-spe­cific emer­gency cen­tres will be cre­ated at Perth hos­pi­tals

he Gov­ern­ment says it will also set up a “one-stop, 24-hour sup­port ser­vice” to make it eas­ier for drug users and their fam­i­lies to find help.

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