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Dawson suggestion to divert meth users to treatment a ‘dangerous path’: Opposition Leader

The Opposition leader has shut down any suggestions first-time methamphetamine users in WA should be diverted to treatment services – instead of facing a criminal charge.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says the current approach isn’t working – instead calling for users caught with a small amount of the drug to be diverted away from the courts.

The approach is already used for people caught with small amounts of cannabis.

But Liza Harvey says it’s a dangerous pathway.

The State Government says it won’t make a decision on the Police Commissioner’s meth proposal – until the matter’s been discussed with Commissioner Dawson himself.

A program already exists for those caught with 0.5 of a gram of meth.

Police Minister Michelle Roberts isn’t ruling out the possibility of expanding the program.

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