Mandatory drug treatment legislation introduced

THE State Government has introduced legislation to provide for the option of mandatory treatment for children and young people dependent on drugs.

The Controlled Substance (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill 2018 will enable parents who have been unable to engage their children in voluntary treatment to legally force their children to attend drug treatment programs in the hope of breaking addiction at the earliest possible time.

“Nobody understands the terrible impact of drug dependence better than a parent struggling to help a child experiencing drug problems,” Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade

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