Alcohol and Other Drugs

METH HELPLINE

656. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:

I refer to the 10-year “Western Australian Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015–2025” and the recently released “Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce: What the Taskforce Heard” consultation report, both of which identify the critical need for greater access to a timely response and assistance with system navigation for people with alcohol and other drug issues.

International Overdose Awareness Day: We must do more to save lives

Accidental drug-related deaths have more than doubled in Western Australia over the last 15 years, Greens spokesperson for Alcohol and Other Drugs Hon Alison Xamon MLC has told Parliament to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, which is today, with prescription drugs now the biggest killer.

Ms Xamon said the latest report from the Pennington Institute showed drugs were the cause of 23% of all accidental deaths in Australia in 2016 – more than double the number of deaths caused by car accidents.

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