INFORMING: Julie McNeil, left, Lynette Bullen and Kerryn Griffin staffed an information display at Centrelink yesterday for Drug and Alcohol Action Week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHAN information display was set up at Centrelink yesterday to mark the beginning of national Drug and Alcohol Action Week.
Representatives from the Lyndon Withdrawal Unit, the Magistrates for Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program and Kite Street Community Health informed Orange residents about the city’s drug and alcohol programs.
“It’s all about bringing our programs out to the community. The Lyndon unit is the only detox unit west of the Blue Mountains,” said Lyndon Withdrawal Unit drugs and alcohol counsellor Lynette Bullen.
“I think it’s extremely important to let people know what programs are out there and what certain substances are doing to us. We don’t want to hound people today, it’s just a nice and relaxed way to get the information across.”
MERIT case worker Julie McNeil promoted MERIT’s positive role in helping offenders with drug and alcohol problems.
“MERIT is aimed at getting people out of the criminal justice system and into help, so they can get their lives back together,” she said.
Community Health drug and alcohol counsellor Kerryn Griffin said she wanted to publicise the centre’s drug and alcohol helpline.
“We want people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol to call 1300 887 000,” she said.
“When they call they will receive an assessment and be referred to the most appropriate service for them.”
Ms Bullen, Ms McNeil and Ms Griffin agreed that alcohol was the most commonly abused substance in Orange.
“People don’t realise that alcohol is the main killer, through binge-drinking and the likelihood of accidents,” Ms McNeil said.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.