The Western Australian police commissioner has called for drug rehabilitation in prisons and in the justice system.
Amphetamine addicts are more likely to commit robberies, burglaries or have weapons and were responsible for one in eight violent crimes at higher levels than users of cocaine and cannabis.
Seizing drugs and prison sentences need to have a mechanism for dealing with the addiction.
The commissioner said that the lack of drug rehabilitation within jails was a risk.
The number of amphetamine laboratories in Western Australia is increasing but Queensland has the highest laboratory detections in Australia.
(Source: Reported at the University of Western Australia seminar by the Western Australian newspaper 7 June 2013)
This call for prison drug rehabilitation is supported by our council.
When senior police call for drug rehabilitation programs then this is a clear indication for the need to get addicts clean.
Worldâ€™s best practice shows that drug rehabilitation is effective in rehabilitating convicted criminals to get free of their addiction.
Court ordered and supervised illicit drug rehabilitation for prisoners, drugged drivers and illicit drug users is money well spent in avoiding future violence, traffic accidents, crime and increasing health costs.