Meth harm highlighted on march
Albany’s annual stand against methamphetamine took place last Friday with the second March Against Meth receiving strong community support.
Organised by the Great Southern Noongar Emerging Leaders group, the march was held to raise awareness of the harm caused by methamphetamine.
A mix of guest speakers — including health professionals, representatives from support services and police — spoke passionately on the issue, while a silent moment of reflection was also observed when the march finished in the Town Square.
The crowd heard from recovered former users Michael Noakes and Laurence Riley, psychiatrist Dr Mat Coleman and Great Southern District police Insp. Danny Vincent.
Mr Noakes, who at his lowest point of a long addiction lost custody of his son, urged attendees to guide loved ones to help.
“Everyone that I have met and known who has used meth has lost something significant in their life,” he said.
“Together as a community we can help reduce the harm meth is having on our society.
“Let’s remove the stigma attached to meth use and encourage people to ask for help.”
Insp. Vincent said police needed the community’s help to address the issue by reporting crime and targeting the dealers and suppliers of methamphetamine.
He said the amount of drivers with illicit drugs in their system was proof of the problem in the community, with 310 drivers testing positive on Great Southern roads since July last year.
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