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Detox centre needed to help alcoholics and drug addicts

Magistrate Annette Hennessey.
Magistrate Annette Hennessey. File

THE Rockhampton region lacks a detox centre to help alcoholics and drug addicts rebuild their lives, outgoing Magistrate Annette Hennessy says.

Ms Hennessy raised the issue as one of the things she thinks would help the region move forward.

Other issues she highlighted include a lack of accommodation for young people, particularly children in need, and more work to address driver fatigue.

Ms Hennessy spoke to The Bulletin this week ahead of her transfer to the Sunshine Coast.

She has served in the region for more than 13 years.

She said a detox centre would help.

"There's a lot of good work going on with alcohol treatment, but we don't have a detox centre, as such," Ms Hennessy said.

"I know people who want to detox from alcohol in a hospital setting need to go to either Bundaberg or Mackay.

"There's nothing available here. ATODS do a great job and Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal Corporation and other organisations provide supported accommodation (for people with alcohol problems)."

A centre would provide more options for the courts.

"I don't know why it is (we don't have one), whether the funding has not been available or an organisation hasn't been able to get traction with it," Ms Hennessy said.

"Things like this are big money items, so whether it's short-term or long-term to develop, it is needed."

She said fatalities caused by driver fatigue was also an area that needed more work.

"I think fatigue driving in general is a problem, not just for miners, because we're on a highway and lots of people are travelling long distances," Ms Hennessy said.

"There's no test for whether someone is fatigued or not. There's a lot of work going on particularly in the research community. She said the other real issue here was a lack of accommodation for people in need.

Do you think Rockhampton needs a detox centre?

This poll ended on 29 December 2012.

Current Results

Yes

83%

No

16%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  alcoholics drug addicts



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