Needle-syringe exchange program set to extend to Bunbury as part of meth action plan

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

Bunbury is set to benefit after the State Government allocated $42.5 million to its Methamphetamine Action Plan in the Budget, which is set to be delivered at the end of the week.

The area will be included in an expansion of the State’s needle-syringe exchange program.

The expansion into high-demand regional areas, including Bunbury and the Great Southern, is set to cost the government $1.52 million.

A raft of initiatives were announced as part of the plan and are designed to provide more support, help, workers and education to address methamphetamine issues in WA.

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Premier Mark McGowan said his government has placed community safety as a priority.

“That’s why we continue to invest heavily into implementing our integrated, targeted and outcome-driven Meth Action Plan,” he said.

“Already we’ve pushed on with delivering important initiatives across Western Australia that are about reducing demand, supply and harm.

“The next steps for us across the whole of government is to resource and implement the initiatives methodically, focussing on prevention, early intervention, treatment and support, and law enforcement.”

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