WA drug harm inquiry recommends health focus instead of criminal penalties

A parliamentary inquiry has called for a stronger health focus instead of criminal penalties to reduce harm from illicit drugs, to increase support for drug addicted Western Australians. The inquiry has recommended a shift from a criminal justice approach, with inquiry the parliamentary select committee stating that users should be able to receive support “rather…

26 people charged and drugs recovered in Perth, Northbridge drug operation

WA Police have seized a large quantity of drugs and arrested 26 people, following an operation targeting prohibited drugs in Perth and Northbridge’s entertainment precincts. As part of Operation Observant, officers seized drugs including methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD and psylocibin mushrooms by uniformed and plainclothes officers. 2.8kg of MDMA and 1kg of cannabis was also seized…

Three more men charged in Abrolhos Island drug operation

WA Police have arrested three more people for their involvement in an attempted international drug smuggling operation that was uncovered after a yacht ran aground the Abrolhos Islands last week. A 45-year-old US man and a 35-year-old UK man along with a 50-year-old NSW man was apprehended at Perth Airport. They have been charged with…

Federal government reintroduces drug testing for welfare recipients

Welfare recipients will have their payments cancelled if they refuse a drug test in the Coalition’s welfare drug test trial, the Federal Government has warned. The government reintroduced legislation to parliament on Wednesday that would enable drug-testing of 5000 Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients. In introducing the legislation, the Coalition said substance abuse is “not…

6.24kg of Meth seized in Kalgoorlie Detectives drug operation

Kalgoorlie Detectives have charged a man in relation to the seizure of 6.24kg of Methlyamphetmine, as part of an operation targeting people in the sale and distribution of illicit drugs. Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Noye, said the seizure of 6.24kg of Meth represents the removal of more than 60,000 hits of harm from the local…

Drugs seized on Abrolhos Islands following police operation

WA Police have seized illicit drugs off the coast of Geraldton, following a police operation involving tip-offs from the local community. Police with the help of Australian Federal Police (AFP), Border Force, Home Affairs, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, recovered about one tonne of illicit drugs on Stick Island as part of Operation Shipton, after receiving…

Wandoo prison celebrates helping women beat drug addiction

A revolutionary alcohol and drug treatment prison for women has reached a milestone of helping prisoners kick addiction. Wandoo Rehabilitation Prison, the first-of-its-kind prison in Australia has celebrated its first year of running its treatment program that has helped female prisoners beat drug addiction. 26 female prisoners have so far graduated after completing an intensive…