Greater support for drug and alcohol addicted teens in Cowper
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is pleased that more support will be provided for drug and alcohol addicted young people in Cowper, thanks to the Federal Government’s National Ice Action Strategy.
As part of this strategy, $210,000 over two years will be used to implement the evidence-based pilot program, the 4C’s Project, in five Cowper schools including Melville High School, Nautilus Senior College, Westport High School, Macleay Vocational College, and Kempsey High School.
At least 60 young people aged 12-16 years old, and their families, at different stages of the alcohol and drug addiction will be provided with counselling and coordinated care.
Mr Hartsuyker expects this program to have a genuine impact on a number of local young people at risk of spiralling out of control.
“This program has the potential to transform young lives, and help them turn their lives around before long term damage is done,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“It’s great news for many young people who need help freeing themselves from the grip of drug and alcohol addiction.
“Young people who are dependent on ‘Ice’ and drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, and opiates are the ones that this program will target, with many of them at risk of being thrown out of school because of their habit.
“This program aims to fix the problem before they’ve been thrown out of school and missed vital parts of their education.
“The Coalition Government is committed to tackling the scourge of drugs and I am very supportive of these measures taken to fight this problem head on.”
Each Social and Community Health has been tasked with running this pilot program over the next two years.