Treat­ment over­lap for trou­bled youths

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ONE in three young peo­ple in youth jus­tice su­per­vi­sion are also get­ting treat­ment for al­co­hol and other drugs, new re­search shows.

Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare’s Over­lap be­tween youth jus­tice su­per­vi­sion and al­co­hol and other drug treat­ment ser­vices report, re­leased yes­ter­day, shows youth in su­per­vi­sion are 30 times as likely to re­ceive treat­ment as young Aussies gen­er­ally.

AIHW spokes­woman Anna Rit­son said the report high­lighted the over­lap be­tween the su­per­vi­sion and ser­vice de­mand.

“Through bring­ing to­gether data on both ser­vices, we have been able to de­ter­mine that there were just over 2500 dual ser­vice clients – that is, young peo­ple that ac­cessed both youth jus­tice su­per­vi­sion and drug and al­co­hol ser­vices within the study pe­riod,” she said.

Nearly one in four (23 per cent) of young peo­ple un­der jus­tice su­per­vi­sion re­ceived treat­ment for cannabis as their prin­ci­pal drug of con­cern.

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