Winning Against Ice: ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’
Australian governments spent approximately $1.7 billion in 2009/10 on illicit drugs.( https://dpmp.unsw.edu.au/project/australian-government-spending-drugs-drug-budgets) This included programs to prevent or delay the commencement of drug use in young people, drug treatment services including counselling and pharmacotherapy maintenance, harm reduction programs such as the needle syringe program, police detection and arrest in relation to drug crimes and policing the borders of Australia for illegal importation of drugs and their precursors. The $1.7 billion amount equates to 0.13% of GDP, and 0.8% of all government spending. In 2009/10 it represented per person spending of $76.28.
In the four policy domains of combatting illicit drugs the following pertains: 1) Prevention 156.8 $ million 9.% 2) Treatment 361.8$ million 21.3% 3) Harm reduction 36.1 $ million 2.1% 4) Law enforcement 1123.3 $ million 66.0 % Other 23.1$ million 1.4 % TOTAL 1701.1$ million 100 %
So out of this data set, we can see that Prevention/Education is less than 10% of a 1.7 billion budget. So much of the spending, is on border protection etc. pertaining to supply. SAMHI believes that we need to equip individuals with knowledge and skill sets to reject drugs and to have relevant and cutting edge support and intervention programs to scaffold them in their ‘road back’ to freedom from dependency and addiction. Our focus is mostly on decreasing the Demand. So our group is advocating Prevention through the following measures which will then counteract the disproportionate spending on, for example, law enforcement which is a factor of 8 or 800% more than the amount spent on prevention. The old saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin‘s “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure “applies here.
Community Development Response to ICE & Other Drugs
1. School based drug education (Grades 7-12)
2. Family Support Groups
3. Brief and Early Interventions
4. Detoxification facilities
5. Outpatient Treatment Service
6. Residential Rehabilitation
7. Transitional Housing
At a Community level, Front-line Community Drug Action Teams (also known as CDATs), made up of passionate and dedicated volunteers who love their local area and want the best for their community, are conduit for decision-making and action to counteract the alarming growth in illicit drug use and dependency. (http://adf.org.au/community/our-programs/community-drug-action-teams-nsw/where-to-start/ and http://www.dualdiagnosistraining.com.au/community-development/ )
In more detail:
1. School based drug education (Grades 7-12), offered by AAIC (www.australianantiicecampaign.org.au) – 2 people from the CDAT will approach the high schools to enable AAIC to educate students and build on the federal and state AOD school drug initiatives through cutting-edge ICE education.
2. Family Support Groups – 2 people from the CDAT will expand and develop more family support groups through the resources that Optimal Health Group and Australian Anti-Ice Campaign (nil charge).
3. Brief and Early Interventions – 2 people from the CDAT will promote the skills from the Dual Diagnosis Training to expand brief and early interventions available for drug users through existing self-help groups, such as AA / NA, as well as invite people from each sporting clubs, (such as coach), workplace and organisations to be trained to deliver brief and early interventions to drug users as they already have rapport and relationship with them. This will include encouraging 2 teachers, student counsellors, chaplains or student guidance officers to be trained.
4. Detoxification facilities (Detox)– 2 people from the CDAT will explore resources to address this high priority need as there is no detox for the region and people have to travel hundreds of kilometres north to Townsville or south to Brisbane.
5. Outpatient Treatment Services – 2 people from the CDAT will pursue resources to expand treatment services available to drug users from counselling to intensive day treatment.
6.Residential Rehabilitation – 2 people from the CDAT will pursue resources to expand residential rehabilitation available to drug users.
7. Transitional Housing – 2 people from the CDAT will pursue post treatment supported accommodation.
With significant emphasis placed on #1,2,3 from a CDAT perspective the other budgetary numbers have the potential to be reduced significantly. More particularly “Our aim is to empower local communities by providing sustainable resources and processes from prevention to intervention. We begin with the public forum which provides cutting-edge education to raise awareness and insight for parents and members of the community. They are invited to be trained and these key members then come together to establish a Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) to tackle identified needs and gaps. (http://www.dualdiagnosistraining.com.au/community-development/)
Some more information from our website www/samhi.online.com
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Individual and Group-Focused
A major focus of our work is something that’s not necessarily government driven or dependent is exemplified in ‘Brief Interventions’; an approach where individuals or groups (https://www.samhi.online/training-keys/) are trained to be ‘first responders’ and help the person using AODs to weigh up the consequences of their drug use and to compare the costs versus the benefits of their dependency/addiction. So this trained ‘lay counsellor” spends 20 mins doing vital initial interaction with the assistance of a ‘Stages of Change’ paradigm or guiding model to determine what stage the person using is at: precontemplative (I don’t have a problem and I don’t need to change_ or contemplative where they acknowledge there’ a problem but not ready to change. Also the TrIpod of Support and success which is vital in recovery https://www.samhi.online/training-keys/ )
SAMHI will be ideal for remote/rural areas as it’s an online platform which individuals can go at their own pace and look at one or all of their modules Drugs and Effects; Brain and its Plasticity; Addictions and their Causes; Brief Interventions; Setting Up Support Systems(Module 1) July 1 2017 https://www.samhi.online/online/ Have a look at our video overview of these Keys to get a feel for what we’re talking about.
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On-Line Platform S.A.M.H.I. …a Solution-Focused Approach to the rising Substance Abuse/Mental Health Concerns www.samhi.online
On the 1st of July 2017, S.A.M.H.I will launch its first module out of a 6 module course on www.samhi.online. In addition, it will also be uploaded on online platforms overseas including FutureLearn and Udemy, which have tens of thousands of courses and tens of millions of students worldwide. The reason why S.A.M.H.I has gone online is to expand the coverage of the highly acclaimed ‘Dual Diagnosis Training’created and presented by George Patriki. George and many of his staff will be still conducting live training under the banner of Dual Diagnosis in conjunction with the online adapted S.A.M.H.I course. We have very specifically and deliberately made each of the modules very affordable and they will be $30: This is about half the current price. Join with us at SAMHI to redress the alarming substance abuse and the co-occuring mental health issues that arise.