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Fighting the growing ice epidemic

Feb 16, 2017

Vickie Chapman MP
Deputy State Liberal Leader
Shadow Attorney-General

Fighting the growing ice epidemic

The State Liberals have attacked the Weatherill Government for blocking legislation that would have allowed parents, police and child protection officers to apply to a court for mandatory treatment orders for a child addicted to illicit drugs.

“There is an ice epidemic sweeping through communities across South Australia and many of its victims are children,” said Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman.

“We need a secure therapeutic centre where children addicted to ice and other highly destructive illegal drugs can be sent for treatment before they are lost to life of misery and crime.

“The treatment needs to be mandatory because many young addicts refuse to believe they even have a problem, let alone that they are putting themselves immense danger and are in need medical treatment.

“We cannot afford to sit back and watch children fall into a life of addiction because we are concerned their rights are being impinged by making the treatment mandatory.

“Families and the authorities have the right, indeed the obligation, to seek help for children who are incapable of helping themselves.

“Despite claiming on Tuesday that they were cracking down on ice, the Weatherill Labor Government has stumbled at the first hurdle.

“The Weatherill Government’s failure to support this important reform, indeed even to allow debate on it shows their taskforce announcement was just a stunt.”




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