Meth City – The VIOLENCE

Posted: 14th October 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized
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Methamphetamine is fuelling an increased severity in domestic violence and abusive partners are forcing women into offending such as “drug cooking”.

Victims of Crime Commissioner Jennifer Hoffman said methamphetamine abuse was the consistent theme emerging during her work across the justice system.


“I have made numerous regional visits in my first year in this position and the problem of methamphetamine use is particularly apparent in regional WA,” Ms Hoffman said.

“It is a common factor in offending when I sit in on both adult and, worryingly, juvenile parole of supervised release boards.”

Ms Hoffman said methamphetamine use was commonly raised at refuges and there was an emerging trend of women being forced into offending in situations of domestic and family violence.

“It is there again in terms of homicides,” Ms Hoffman.

“It is the severity of the offending on average that distinguishes it from other substance abuse crimes.

“Feedback I have received from those who manage refuges say, for example, that the nature of family and domestic violence is much more severe and sustained where meth is a factor in the equation as compared with, say, alcohol,”

On the other side of the fence, prisons are forced to deal with the health and psychological impacts as addicts driven to offending end up with a stint behind bars.


Department of Corrective Services executive director of operational support Mike Cullen said only 14 out of 14,210 tests returned positive results for methamphetamine in prisons last financial year, but given the presence of drug use in the community health and security measures had been adopted to deal with drug affected offenders in prisons.

Mr Cullen said offenders arriving in prison were given a health screening which assessed potential drug withdrawal. Health professionals assessing prisoners with amphetamine problems looked for signs such as infection, malnutrition, skin infections associated with “picking” caused by hallucinations and agitation.

Amphetamine use could also lead to psychosis that could need specialist treatment, but withdrawal was predominantly about physical exhaustion and psychological distress.

Prison-based treatment programs were provided in a bid to help prevent relapse to drug abuse, with targeted and random testing, searches of visitors and intelligence operations conducted with police to prevent trafficking in prisons.




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