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.”