Teen Challenge Tasmania raises concerns for methamphetamine addiction among young people

Teen Challenge Tasmania raises concerns for methamphetamine addiction among young people

 Crystal meth Cover source:  Wikimedia

Crystal meth
Cover source: Wikimedia

Drug addiction in Tasmania, most notably the use of methamphetamine, is proving to be a major issue in the island state of the Commonwealth of Australia.

According to Teen Challenge Tasmania (TCT), an addiction treatment center in Ellendale, Tasmania, children as young as 10 are reporting into support services, having been drawn toward the harmful drug.

“Young people are being targeted as an ‘expendable commodity’ by these ruthless people,” Tanya Canvanagh, the director of Teen Challenge Tasmania, said.

The data was also backed up by scientist Gabrielle Todd who warned of the serious damage to young people’s minds.

“The risk is not just related to heavy methamphetamine use, we are seeing movement and brain changes in young people who may have only taken the drug as few as five times,” Todd said.

The drug is also said to have become a pollutant in parts of the island’s water supply, with the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program Report stating that meth turned up to be at a higher rate than tobacco, alcohol and cocaine.

TCT, who continues to give support for drug abuse, is an organization that has been delivering support for young people, their families and local communities since its establishment on the island in 2014.

The group is specialized in early intervention, throwing their support behind the #NotEvenOnce program in high schools and partnering up with fellow anti-drug initiative, MethProject, in the process.

Having received approval from the Meander Valley Council on March 14, TCT is collaborating with the local community, who in turn will receive better access to important services.

Aiming for a comprehensive approach, TCT continues its work toward targeting Tasmania’s drug addiction problem, turning people away from the “top of the cliff” alongside its fellow partners and supporters.

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