Clinics to help ice users get lives back on track

NEW funding has been announced for specialised treatment services to target methamphetamine, or "ice", on the Mid North Coast.

The State Government has allocated $1.2 million for treatment services in Coffs Harbour, Kempsey and Port Macquarie to treat people using amphetamine-type stimulants and avoid its chronic effects.

Oxley MP Melinda Pavey said it was important to help people in the community get clean before they were in the grips of addiction.

"The stimulant treatment services in our region will have a focus on improving pathways of care for people who are using crystal meth, with a priority focus on providing care for Aboriginal people," Ms Pavey said.

"We all know the negative effects ice use can have on our community - that's why we are expanding stimulant treatment services."

The funding is part of the NSW Government's $11 million election commitment to expand services across NSW.

The new treatment services will build on the work of effective treatment models to deliver appropriate services and pathways of care across the health system.

Anyone concerned about how ice is affecting them or a loved one are encouraged to speak with a GP, call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 422 599 or visit online.



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