The scourge of ICE use in NSW is having devastating effects in many communities and Labor has launched a new plan for mandatory detoxification and rehabilitation of ice addicts – for minors in the first instance, and then for adults.
Labor will open six clinics across the state for the mandatory detoxification and rehabilitation of patients with severe ice addictions who pose a risk to the community and themselves.
Labor will fund six facilities attached to public hospitals with a total of 150 beds – four will be located in regional NSW – at a cost of $100 million.
These clinics will treat up to 1,300 ice addicts a year and will be staffed by specially trained nurses, health professionals and security guards.
Police and health professionals will be able to refer and take patients to the clinic where an accredited medical practitioner will assess the patient and issue a certificate to admit them. A magistrate must review the admission. The requirements will be similar to the admission process for the current Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program (IDAT).
Since 2011, the number of deaths relating to methamphetamines has doubled. The NSW Government cannot continue to do nothing.
Labor’s policy will take addicts off the streets and out of emergency departments and give them treatment they need and the protection our community deserves.
As well as implementing ice rehabilitation clinics, a NSW Labor Government will:
- Create isolation rooms in select emergency departments to manage ice addicts and protect health workers;
- Expand the trial of new replacement drugs to beat ice addiction (such as those being trialled at Darlinghurst, Newcastle and Mount Druitt); and
- Host a bipartisan drug summit in 2019, modelled on the historic 1999 summit to respond to changes in illicit drug use over the last 20 years.