Six new residential rehabilitation beds will be located in Mount Gambier as part of the State Government’s $8 million Stop the Hurt strategy formed in response to the South Australian Methamphetamine Taskforce.
The residential rehabilitation beds will be delivered by Uniting Communities, which currently provides alcohol and other drug treatment services to the region.
Health Minister Peter Malinauskas has announced the residential rehabilitation beds during a visit to the state’s Limestone Coast.
The initiatives announced by Minister Malinauskas are part of the State Government’s $8 million response to the South Australian Methamphetamine Taskforce, which released its Stop the Hurt strategy in June.
The Mount Gambier residential rehabilitation beds form part of the State Government’s $3.6 million commitment to fund a 50 per cent increase in outpatient counselling appointments, and at least 15 new regional residential rehabilitation beds.
We know that South Australians are rightly concerned about the prevalent use of alcohol and other drugs, particularly crystal methamphetamine, in regional areas.
In addition to the social problems that stem from crystal methamphetamine use, it can also lead to cognitive impairment, mental health problems and, if injected, increased risk of blood-borne virus transition.
The residential rehabilitation beds will be in place and operational by early 2018.