There is considerable community concern about the effects and impact of methamphetamine use in Western Australia (WA). According to the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey, in 2016 methamphetamine became the drug of most serious concern to the general community, overtaking alcohol and more than doubling the level of concern in 2013 (16.1% to 40%).
The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s third report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program (November 2017), reveals that Western Australia has some of the highest methamphetamine consumption levels across the country.
What is the State Government doing?
In an effort to address the methamphetamine problem in the State, the WA Government has committed to implementing the
Methamphetamine Action Plan (MAP).
The Government has allocated $83.5 million for the creation of the WA Police Meth Border Force, and a further $48.2 million to be used to support the implementation of other MAP initiatives, including:
- providing early intervention treatment facilities
- expanding specialist drug services into rural and regional areas of need
- improving drug and alcohol programs in schools
- creating drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities for prisoners, and
- increasing roadside drug and alcohol testing.
The MAP is focused on reducing methamphetamine demand, supply and harm, through coordinated implementation of initiatives across Government. This also includes the establishment of the
The role of the Methamphetamine Action Plan Taskforce
The MAP Taskforce was established on 26 June 2017 to provide advice to Government on:
- improving how programs can be best delivered and targeted to areas of greatest need, including regional areas
- opportunities for cross-sector collaboration to reduce methamphetamine harm, demand and supply, and
- advice on the best ways to measure the performance and success of the Government’s initiatives.
In providing its advice to Government, the MAP Taskforce will consider the needs of the Western Australian community generally, as well as the specific needs of vulnerable groups.