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New laws may force SA kids into drug rehab

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016

Kids addicted to drugs in South Australia could be forced to spend up to a year at a treatment facility under new laws proposed by the state opposition.

The legislation would allow magistrates to issue treatment orders for young people aged under 18, if a medical practitioner has confirmed they have an addiction and are at risk of harm.

Young people issued with the orders would be required to receive treatment at a rehabilitation facility for up to 12 months without consent.

Deputy Opposition Leader Vickie Chapman said SA needs to help children break drug addictions as early as possible.

She says people have told her that current treatment options in the state are limited and expensive and many people drop in and out of the system.

"A key problem that was identified was a lack of consistency of support and treatment services and a 'revolving door' of drug treatment which sees people returning to drugs and dropping out of treatment programs," she said.

"The state Liberals' proposed drug treatment orders legislation means that those who need drug treatment the most will be able to undertake the program."

The opposition will introduce the legislation to parliament on Thursday.

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