(and this..in the city in nz with the highest number of opiate addicts..and that by a country-mile..eh.?..)
“.. A Canterbury policy, which is set to limit addiction treatment for “justice clients” is “bizarre” and “grossly inequitable”, drug and alcohol experts say.
About 80 per cent of criminals have addictions and the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) decision would discriminate against those most in need, the senior doctors say.
Their concerns come just weeks after Christchurch methamphetamine addict Kasha William Gosset, 28, was jailed for attempted murder.
Gosset’s parents had said they could not get treatment for their “monster” son.
The new alcohol and drug project was passed by the Canterbury board last November.
It was discussed behind closed doors at a board meeting on Friday.
A report detailing “major concerns” about the project has been prepared by Professor Doug Sellman, Dr Daryle Deering, Dr Simon Adamson and Dr Fraser Todd, of the National Addiction Centre (NAC), who also hold joint clinical positions within the CDHB.
The report was sent to board chairman Alister James and chief executive David Meates last Tuesday, but was not presented at Friday’s meeting.
Letters of concern have also been written by the National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT).
The NAC report said justice clients were being discriminated against under the new alcohol and other drug (AOD) service policy, and the changes could breach human rights.
“To exclude people involved in the justice system from specialist addiction treatment, even on the basis of `charges pending’ ..
.. is bizarre and as grossly inequitable as excluding them from specialist cancer or heart-disease assessment and treatment,” the report said..”
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