No ice ‘safe inhaling rooms’ for NSW

FORCED drug rehabilitation laws will not be expanded and a push to open ice-smoking "safe spots" is not on the cards for the NSW Government.

Assistant Health Minister Pru Goward told a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday $1.2 million had been set aside over four years for drug treatment programs in Lismore, Casino, Tweed and Grafton.

"All this funding means is that people who use ice can now get treatment closer to home," she said.

But a suggestion from Noffs Foundation CEO Matt Noffs that "safe inhaling rooms" similar to Sydney's heroin shooting gallery should be opened were talked down.

As were calls for involuntary rehabilitation programs to be extended to allow parents to force adult kids into treatment.

-APN NEWSDESK



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