Griffith's crystal meth clinic to be 'proactive not reactive'

GRIFFITH will be one of just three cities in the state to have a methamphetamine clinic.

The other two are Sydney and Newcastle.

The clinic is expected to be set up by the end of this year as part of the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service (GAMS).

Alcohol and other drugs program manager Sid Barone said the service was primarily preventative and GAMS wanted to be proactive and not reactive.

"We don't want to wait until the (ice) situation becomes a pandemic or out of control, we want to be at the forefront in the fight against ice," Mr Barone said.

He rejected the notion a methamphetamine clinic in Griffith implied the city's problem with the drug might be worse than other communities.

While Sydney and Newcastle have higher populations, Mr Barone believed other communities should follow Griffith's example and create a clinic if they had the capabilities and resources to do so and offered to support them to get it off the ground.

GAMS has been in negotiations with St Vincent's Hospital and will base its clinic on the same model.

A GAMS doctor will gain qualifications to prescribe pharmaceutical amphetamine which will be far safer than buying them off the street, he said.

Mr Barone said prescriptions would eliminate a user's need to source their own form of the drug and would help them opt out of a vicious cycle of illegal activities.

Patients will then be referred to various therapeutic groups.

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