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24.03.2016 14:32 Age: 4 yrs

Men can take control - help is available


The Midwest Community Alcohol Drug Service is available to help people dealing with amphetamine use or the drug use of family members.

Merle Meyer from WACHS Midwest Community Alcohol Drug Service said that even though only a small percentage of West Australians used amphetamines, the effects on individuals, families and the community were great.

“The amphetamine-related problems being experienced by communities are due to a change in the type of amphetamines people are using and how often they are using it,” Ms Meyer said. 

“Not only are people using a more potent form of amphetamine known as methamphetamine, they are also using it more frequently. This combination of increased potency and frequency of use has led to bigger problems and harm in communities and more people seeking treatment services.

“Drug use problems can be complex and vary from person to person. If you have someone close to you that you think may be using methamphetamine, there is help and treatment available.”

Ms Meyer said that speaking with a counsellor from the Community Alcohol Drug Service, Alcohol and Drug Support line or the Parent Drug Support line could help people plan how to address the problem, including how to establish open and honest communication, negotiate and set guidelines, and encourage positive behaviour.

“The Alcohol and Drug Support Line is also a good starting point for referral to local help and support services,” she said.

Help is available from:

Alcohol & Drug Support Line

A free, 24/7 non-judgemental telephone counselling, information and support line for anyone concerned about their or another person’s alcohol or drug use.

Phone: (08) 9442 5000 (or toll-free for country callers on 1800 198 024).

Email: alcoholdrugsupport@mhc.wa.gov.au

Parent & Family Drug Support Line

A free, 24/7 non-judgemental telephone counselling, information, referral and support line for anyone concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.

Phone: (08) 9442 5050 (or toll-free for country callers on 1800 653 203).

Working Away Alcohol & Drug Support Line

Support the health and wellbeing of working away from home communities.

Phone: 1800 721 997

Email: workingaway@mhc.wa.gov.au

Contact: WACHS Midwest Community Alcohol Drug Service

Phone: 9956 2424

Media contact: Liz Rehfeldt, 6145 4166 or Elizabeth.Rehfeldt@health.wa.gov.au


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