Addressing rising drug use in the Hunter
As many of you are aware, the Hunter is currently tackling an alarming problem with the use of crystal methamphetamine rising at double the rate of the rest of NSW. Over the past 2 years, in Lake Macquarie alone, the possession or use of amphetamines has increased by 77.6%. This is mainly attributed to the increased use of crystal methamphetamine or “ice” as it’s commonly referred to.
It is pleasing to read in a recent Newcastle Herald article, Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison is calling on the Government to provide more funding to programs such as Samaritans Recovery Point. I agree that an all-encompassing approach must be adopted to tackle this concerning issue.
Our Recovery Point program provides people exiting correctional and rehabilitation centres with ongoing support and person directed programs to assist them to stay drug free in the community.
One of the key factors in the success of this program is its holistic approach towards rehabilitation. The people we support benefit not only from counselling support but also from social inclusion and learning new skills with activities such as personal training, cooking and fishing.
Last year over 150 people received ongoing support from Recovery Point. However with more funding we could assist many more! I would like to see the Government commit more funds to programs such as Recovery Point which have proven to be successful and offer ongoing, holistic support.