Feedback sought on meth experience

Taylar Amonini and Alicia PereraNorth West Telegraph

The State Government has launched a survey to gain community feedback on the impact of the methamphetamine

People directly affected by the drug, along with health service providers, community workers and business owners have been invited to share their experiences via an online questionnaire.

The call for public comment is the latest move by the Labor Government’s $131.7 million Methamphetamine Action Plan, which includes a Meth Border Force, community-based treatment facilities and a two-year trial of the Ice Breakers Program with Albany police.

According to Health Minister Roger Cook, the input will help the action plan’s taskforce advise the Government on ways to minimise harm and reduce the supply and demand of the drug in WA.

“Understanding the views, insights and challenges faced by those directly affected by methamphetamine use is vital to the work of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce,” he said.

“I encourage anyone affected to take the opportunity to comment, as their insight will help shape the taskforce’s advice to Government on how to respond to the complexities and challen-ges of WA’s meth issue and how best to meet the needs of those most vulnerable in our community.”

Pilbara Adult Community Corrections regional manager Paula Hyde said the spread of methamphetamines in WA was a key factor in offences they saw.

“It is dominant, and it’s so normalised — that is the big problem,” she said.

“The Pilbara also has a history of disposable cash, so you’ve people earning a lot and that influences, but it also trickles down to those people who aren’t in those high-earning positions.

“I think that does make it more common.”

The taskforce will also investigate the potential for successful interstate or overseas programs to be adapted to WA circumstances.

To take part in the survey, visit surveymonkey.com/r/MAPTas kforce.

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