Buttery Big Winner in $3 million Drug Rehab Program
Binna Burra-based drug and alcohol rehab centre The Buttery is a major beneficiary of a $3m boost to North Coast Primary Health Network services announced on Wednesday.
The Buttery’s roving community rehabilitation program, visiting Lismore, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads, will have its six-week program funded.
The program is designed to help drug-users who cannot attend in-house rehab, such as sole parents, and is expected to commence early 2018.
The funding follows a 2016 survey which found alcohol misuse and illicit drug addiction were the most serious health issue facing NSW North Coast residents.
Nearly 60% of residents said services to deal with this issue were difficult to access.
NCPHN chief executive Dr Vahid Saberi said nearly 30% of residents aged over 16 years consumed alcohol at levels that pose a lifetime risk to health.
“To tackle this disturbing trend, NCPHN used our commissioning process to put in place the services most needed in particular communities,” Dr Saberi said.
“These services will make a positive contribution to the health and well-being of many in our community.”
$3m in funding from the Federal Government’s National ICE Strategy will be distributed through the North Coast Primary Health Network to a range of services to address the problem.
Story by The Northern Star.