Dubbo rehabilitation and detox centre announced
In Dubbo, drugs are everywhere. The crisis here has brought with it mental health struggles, homelessness, family violence and crime that is only getting worse.
At the moment, drug users in Dubbo brought into court often wind up in a vicious cycle of addiction and despair which is difficult to escape. Jail is not the best place for them. But it is often the only option for magistrates.
This week the NSW government committed to funding a local rehabilitation and detox centre in town. It is something locals have been petitioning for for decades. However, there was no mention of a corresponding "Drug Court".
The specialty court would give magistrates more options when sentencing eligible drug addicted offenders.
At this point, it's unknown whether a drug court is coming to Dubbo.
We speak to people affected by the drug crisis in Dubbo who believe more needs to be done to give people the help they need.
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Some in Cobargo are still reeling from fires which tore through the Far South Coast town nearly a year ago.
Moreover, the tight knit community has truly felt the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, further compounding their grief.
We speak to people in and around Cobargo, to hear the story of the months since a terrible blaze changed their town forever.
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