Friday was the first day of the Long Walk to Treatment – a 500,000 step journey from Dubbo to Sydney to raise awareness of the lack of treatment facilities for people with drug and alcohol addiction, particularly in rural areas of NSW and the ACT.
The walk was inspired by Shantell Irwin who has a problem with methamphetamine. She desperately wants treatment but the nearest suitable, long-term treatment centre is in Sydney which is 400 kms from her home town of Dubbo.
The walk was launched by Simon Hansford, Moderator of the Uniting Church, Synod of NSW and the ACT, and Marianne Jauncey, Medical Director of Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. It will involve up to 100 people walking and carrying a baton which contains a letter to political leaders in NSW calling for increased funding for treatment, and for a special summit to rethink drug policy.
While we can’t all walk in support of this cause, we can all support the Fair Treatment campaign by adding our names to draw the line on drug policy, and share with our networks on social media.
I would encourage everyone to show your support for Fair Treatment, simply go to http://www.fairtreatment.org/walk/#line_sect