Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Too Many Drink Just to Get Drunk, New Survey Reveals

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Too Many Drink Just to Get Drunk, New Survey Reveals

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Byline: Toni McRae

ALCOHOL and drug patients on the Fraser Coast need more medically supervised beds to provide real care to get them out of substance abuse and misuse.

Queensland Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies CEO Margi O'Connell-Hood met with alcohol and other drugs non-government organisations in Hervey Bay to discuss proposed changes to the infrastructure of the Queensland Health sector.

"An obvious gap is the lack of medically supervised beds in the region to provide the continuum of care," she said yesterday.

"The number one resounding issue is the lack of detox beds available.

"There are six treatment services in the Fraser Coast Wide Bay region that provide rehabilitation services to those suffering from substance misuse but services require resourcing regarding the provision of medically supervised beds."

The push for more beds comes on the eve of worrying new Roy Morgan research for the Salvation Army's alcohol awareness campaign launched yesterday. …

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