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There are calls for the State Government to build a culturally-specific diversion program for Aboriginal people using the drug methamphetamine, or ice, in western Victoria.
Kit-e Kline is a Drug and Alcohol Worker with the Wauthorong Aboriginal Co-operative in Geelong and she says there has been a big increase in the use of ice among her clients in the past six months. She told a parliamentary inquiry in Geelong that Aboriginal people with drug problems should be treated in diversion programs.
Ms Kline says there is a demand among Aboriginal people in Portland, Ballarat and Warrnambool. 'I don't think people who are using drugs and alcohol should be treated as criminals and should go into a jail system but instead should go into a healing centre to look at the reasons why people are using drugs and alcohol, specifically ice as well,' she said.
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Indigenous