The Northern Territory Government has welcomed Federal Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin’s support for welfare quarantining measures to apply to problem drinkers placed into Alcohol Mandatory Treatment, writes Robyn Lambley (pictured), NT Health Minister.
The Federal Labor Government is failing Territorians by refusing to allow welfare quarantining provisions that would restrict supply for problem drinkers after Alcohol Mandatory Treatment. The Commonwealth’s decision is political, will hurt vulnerable Territorians and fails families and communities, and gives problem drinkers a license to drink after Alcohol Mandatory Treatment, writes Robyn Lambley,
The Great Alcohol Debate: Most developed countries have long ago turned their back on forcing detox and treatment
"Forced detoxification" is neither "effective" nor "ethically acceptable" as a way of treating addiction, according to an editorial published under the name of 10 Australian and international researchers in the latest issue of Addictions, the top international journal of addiction studies. The editorial mainly takes aim at the compulsory detention and forced detox of drug users in developing countries but gives a brief overview of the approach in the developed world. Some of its points have relevance for the current debate in the Northern Territory on compulsory rehab for problem drinkers as proposed by the Country Liberal Government. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
Department of Justice figures released by NT Attorney-General John Elferink show that there was only a drop of 366 protective custodies (PCs) between 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the period of roll-out for the Banned Drinker Register (BDR). Mr Elferink claims this is "further evidence that the previous Government’s approach to dealing with problem drinkers simply didn’t work".