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Minister for Mental Health Stephen Dawson with Michelle Roberts and Indigenous Elder Neville Collard.

Drug and alcohol clinic opened in Midland

By Sally McGlew

A NEW six bed facility for drug withdrawal has been opened in Midland by Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson.

The facility, which is run by Cyrenian House and Richmond Wellbeing, will provide a 21-day detox program where medical, psychological and social needs will be assessed by trained staff.

The rooms offer a private ensuite, single bed, desk, lamp and study area along with communal rooms for meetings and television and a large kitchen.

Individualised recovery programmes will be developed with referral services.

Mr Dawson said the establishment of the service will provide West Australians with fast-tracked access to alcohol and other drug treatment as it supports them and their families.

“Methamphetamine use in WA has been decreasing but we cannot be complacent as it is continuing to have a harmful and devastating impact on the individuals and families affected,” he said.

The new facility was a response to the recommendations made in the Methamphetamine Taskforce Report.

It allows for 117 people to be treated each year.

Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said the facility was much needed in Midland.

“It will work with individuals, families and the community to help them create happier and healthier people,” she said.

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