• DON’T LET MY SON DIE: A mother’s desperate plea

    Date: 2019.01.20 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

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    A BATHURST mother has spoken out about her frustration at trying to find help for her drug-addicted adult son.

    The mother fears the 29-year-old will be dead within weeks if she cannot find a local treatment place for him.

    She said he had already attempted to take his life once and she was at her wits’ end trying to access support through local rehabilitation units that were already full to capacity.

    Ms Smith (not her real name) said she was speaking up not only for her son’s sake, but for the sake of all local families that were battling the drugs scourge.

    Her son had been working in the mines at Singleton up until a month ago, but he had returned to her home in Bathurst as his life spiralled out of control.

    She said she had no idea until recently just how bad his drug-taking had become and her son was now taking a potentially deadly cocktail of drugs including methamphetamine, amphetamine, heroin, methadone and over-the-counter medications such as codeine.

    “He thinks he is being clever because he smokes it rather than inject,” she said. “I just don’t know him any more.”

    Ms Smith said her son had recently become a father, but was about to lose his job, his home and possibly his relationship.

    He was admitted to Bloomfield Hospital in Orange after attempting suicide, but was released just days later. Since then, Ms Smith has been desperately trying to have him admitted to a rehab unit, but so far without success.

    “I’ve tried [the residential rehab service in] Canowindra but they can’t take any more and Cowra is full,” she said.

    “The other problem is, the psych wards say he has a drug and alcohol problem while the drug and alcohol units say because he tried to take his life it is a mental health problem. It is just so frustrating, I just don’t know what to do next.”

    Western NSW Local Health District integrated mental health, drug and alcohol services director Jason Crisp yesterday confirmed that demand for local services was greater than available resources and the problem was only getting worse.

    He said the health service in recent yearshad seen an increase in people seeking treatment for crystal methamphetamine, though alcohol remained the primary drug of concern locally.

    “The Health District does its best to provide access to appropriate drug and alcohol treatment, but at times demand for services is greater than what we can provide with available resources,” Mr Crisp said.

    “We are excited about a recent NSW Government announcement of a four-year, $11 million package of enhanced service delivery, policing, education and community effort to combat the impact of crystal methamphetamine on individuals and the community.

    “As part of the government’s commitment, a Request for Tender invited submissions for non-government providers to propose service enhance-ments of up to $350,000 per year, per site, in three rural Local Health Districts, including the western region of Western NSW.”

    Mr Crisp confirmed there was currently a waiting list for drug and alcohol counselling treatment services in Bathurst and people on the waiting list were offered weekly group therapy sessions.

    He also said local patients might have to travel to other areas of the state to access treatment.

    “We are always concerned when there are situations of distress for families of people with drug and alcohol issues and understand their frustration when they feel there is inadequate access to appropriate treatment,” Mr Crisp said.

    “If families or clients are dissatisfied with the initial response to a request for treatment or service, we encourage them to talk directly to the manager of the service so that all options can be discussed and a support plan put in place.”

    The Western Advocate agreed not to publish the mother’s real name out of concern for the wellbeing of her son.

    Anyone who needs help can contact the Lifeline 24-hour phone counselling service on 13 11 14.

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