In The Courier this week

Get tough on ice addicts

SA’s courts should have the power to order underage ice (methamphetamine) addicts  into compulsory rehabilitation in a bid to get them off the highly addictive and deadly drug, a Hills MP believes.
Vickie Chapman, the Deputy State Liberal Leader whose seat includes Crafers and Uraidla,  wants the State Government to support her private member’s Bill calling for mandatory treatment orders for child addicts.
It would allow parents, police and child protection officers to apply to a court for a minor to be forced to seek treatment and the politician wants a State-run live-in youth facility set up to treat them.
“The tragedy is we see these kids end up in jail or dead or living in circumstances where their parents are fearful of either outcome,” Ms Chapman said.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Carly legacy: It’s been more than 10 years since Sonya Ryan last held her daughter Carly, but the pain of losing her to an internet predator hasn’t dimmed.
  • Wards supported: Adelaide Hills electors have demonstrated an overwhelming support for the current ward system in the lead up to the council’s decision on whether to abolish its five wards.
  • Heysen returns: A painting believed to be one of Sir Hans Heysen’s best watercolors has been returned to SA after its discovery in Germany.
  • Changing rooms: Almost $1m will be spent on building new and upgraded changing facilities for sportswomen in the Mt Barker district.
  • New grocery: A two-storey retail building including a fruit and vegetable store will be built on the site of the former Littlehampton nursery.

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