Today I was very pleased to officially open the Salvation Army run Drug Rehabilitation Treatment Centre in Ulverstone, which consists of 12 new drug and alcohol rehabilitation beds.

Increasing the number of rehabilitation beds in the North West is an important part of our Plan to create One Health System for everyone with higher quality services and better results for patients.

The new beds are part of a $4.8 million investment by the Hodgman Liberal Government to tackle the scourge of ice and other drugs.

Ulverstone is centrally located across the whole of the North and North West, and the facility is close to other existing alcohol and drug service providers including the State Alcohol and Drug Service in Ulverstone, whilst also being in close proximity across the broader North West area.

The new rehab beds which are already operational, represent a significant boost in residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation capacity on the North West.

The Salvation Army is working closely with people with severe alcohol and other drug dependencies and their families/carers to deliver 24 hour 7 day a week residential rehabilitation treatment and support.

In addition to increasing residential rehabilitation services; the Government is also delivering education and training relevant to methamphetamine use and supporting a stronger focus on prevention and early intervention.

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