There could be so many reasons why the problem of drug addiction seems to never end. In fact, it gets worse and worse as more people are getting addicted to the different types of drugs. Younger people are also trying out different drugs and many of them get addicted to it, thus leading to the destruction of their lives. Although the problem is commonly discussed everywhere, many people still lack the right information about drugs- how it affects people and how it can destroy life.

This is why it is very important to tackle the issue among people and young generation. It is better that at a young age, they are already educated and aware of what can happen with them in case they let themselves into addiction. Saving the next generation will not only help them or their family, but it would also mean saving the entire world.

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The first steps were planned to be taken on Thursday to provide mandatory treatment for children and young people dependent on drugs.

The Controlled Substance (Youth Treatment Orders) Amendment Bill was to be introduced in parliament by the state government to enable parents to legally force their children to attend drug treatment programs in the hope of breaking addiction.

“No-one understands the terrible impact of drug dependence better than a parent struggling to help a child experiencing drug problems,” said Health Minister Stephen Wade.

The legislation recognises that the Youth Court, police officers, youth correction officers and medical practitioners can have important insights into individual cases of young peoples’ drug dependence and enables them to seek an order.

 “What is critical is that we intervene in an effective manner to give the young person struggling with an addiction the best possible opportunity to break the addiction,” Mr Wade said.

“This legislation offers parents and agencies an opportunity of last resort when it is clear that the young person has refused to engage in treatment and there is a significant risk to their health and wellbeing, that they are putting themselves at significant risk and are in need of medical treatment.”

The Youth Court would first make an assessment order to determine whether the young person is drug dependent, a danger to themselves or others and unlikely to voluntarily seek treatment.

After an assessment order, the court may require the young person to have treatment.

The treatment provider will be required to report to both the young person undergoing treatment and the court.

“The government understands this is a substantial change from past practice, but that need is born of the reality that intervening effectively to address a young person’s drug dependence reduces the harm they and their families will experience,” Mr Wade said…

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