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.”
Liberal candidate for Kavel Dan Cregan described Bill as practical, common-sense lawmaking and expressed his frustration at the Weatherill Government’s failure to support it.
“After ten years working in the justice system I know that minors need help, especially battling ice,” said Mr Cegan.
“Ice addiction is rife in the Hills and parents need to know we’re giving local magistrates the power to help protect their children from this growing menace.
“We owe it to the kids and their families to find real solutions to drug-use and addiction.
“As a community our approach should be that no young person will be abandoned to a life of addiction without a genuine attempt to save them from that fate.
“Hills doctors know that getting young people off ice quickly is tough and services are very expensive or inadequate.
“I’m committed to using my experience to push for real drug-law reform if I’m elected to the State Parliament.”