Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

We Need to Fast-Track Rehab Unit; Campaigner Says Ice-Detox Facility Is Needed Now

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

We Need to Fast-Track Rehab Unit; Campaigner Says Ice-Detox Facility Is Needed Now

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Byline: Trish Bowman Trish.Bowman@capnews.com.au

The State Government launched up to 65 actions following an Ice Regional Community Engagement Summit in Rockhampton in April 2017 and subsequent statewide forums.

They included:

Improved community awareness on the symptoms and impacts of ice use; and a reliable and trusted information source on how to support people affected by ice and other substances, and how and where to access help.

Enhanced access to, and increased funding for, effective, flexible and culturally appropriate treatment, recovery and support services for individuals and families.

Changes to the criminal justice system, including the decriminalisation of ice use, tougher penalties for ice suppliers, and diversion options for those charged with ice-related offences.

Greater need for the availability and accessibility of culturally appropriate responses.

THIS week's announcement that Central Queensland's $14.3million ice detox and rehab centre is being fast-tracked came as welcome news to families at their wit's end.

Yeppoon Drug Action Team co-ordinator and founder of ICESUP, Debbie Ware, who has been campaigning for a rehabilitation centre for years, welcomed the news as a positive step in the right direction.

"Many people have been pushing for a local rehabilitation centre for years. When I first began pushing for the initiative I don't think the government realised just how bad the situation would get," Ms Ware said.

"It is fabulous that Central Queenslanders will be able to access help in their own region without the expense and geographic difficulties that come with people having to travel long distances away from home and their support bases.

"The facility will have a family accommodation element so family members can come and visit their loved ones while they are undergoing treatment.

"This is huge boost for the region that will support those in need in our region."

Ms Ware said the only drawback she could see in the plan was the timeline.

"I personally would like to see the timeframe for the facility's construction brought forward," she said. …

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