Fighting Ice with Mandatory Rehabilitation
SA-BEST is committed to slashing the level of ice use by at least 50 per cent in South Australia within two years.
A report released late last year by the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring program revealed Adelaide was the methamphetamine (‘ice’) ‘capital’ of Australia, with the city found to have the highest levels of use, of about 80 doses per 1,000 persons per day being used. This compares to the national average of 30 doses per 1,000 persons per day.
That rate is among the highest in the world and is more than double the national capital city average, as well as being the highest level recorded for the Adelaide area in the data’s eight-year history.
Not only does this impact directly on individuals, but the flow-on impacts to our health and corrections systems, family violence, community safety and crime mean this scourge must be dealt with as a priority.
SA-BEST believes mandatory rehabilitation is a key part of a suite of measures to attack this issue head on and is committed to a six month mandatory program in a well-resourced rehabilitation facility for high end users and repeat offenders.
The model is based on a successful rehabilitation approach in Sweden where their levels of ice use are dramatically lower, and also involves intensive support once people are out of the facility and into the community and back with their families.
As part of the suite of measures SA-BEST will also push for provisions to strengthen laws to seize assets of drug dealers, which would be used to fund rehabilitation programs.
Other priorities include:
- A 20-bed rehabilitation trial facility to be established in the Southeast of SA, with another in metropolitan Adelaide, based on a wellness model
- Funding for at least 2 detox beds within the Mount Gambier and Whyalla hospitals.
- Detainment for those under the influence who have lost the ability to make informed choices to keep themselves and the public safe
- Better support for families and carers
- A tailored programme and ongoing support to rehabilitate addicts to reengage back into society and ultimately into some form of work
- A full education program through schools starting as early as primary school specifically related to Ice
- Drug courts which provide treatment and rehabilitation as alternatives to custody and financial penalties.