SUPPORT OFFERED: The Buttery director Barry Evans, Ballina MP Don Page and Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries discuss the drug rehabilitation centre’s new funding.
SUPPORT OFFERED: The Buttery director Barry Evans, Ballina MP Don Page and Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries discuss the drug rehabilitation centre’s new funding.

Buttery to help people go clean

BANGALOW-based drug rehabilitation centre The Buttery will soon offer a methadone-to-abstinence residential program after finally securing a grant from the State Government.

The Buttery had earlier missed out on the funding, but after lobbying by Ballina MP Don Page, which included bringing Minister for Mental Health Kevin Humphries to Bangalow in November, the government announced yesterday it would provide $718,000 over the three years.

"The Buttery has a long and proud history of helping people when they need help the most, and through this funding we will be able to extend our commitment to helping more people across the North Coast on their path to recover," The Buttery's director Barry Evans said.

Historically, methadone has been used as a substitute for heroin, however with 20,000 registered methadone users in the state, many in the health profession fear it is simply replacing one addictive drug with another.

The Buttery's new residential treatment program is designed to help users take that final step to a drug-free life.

Mr Humphries said the funding reflected the government's commitment to helping get people back on their feet.

"There are few problems that are crueller and more debilitating than drug addiction," he said.

Mr Page yesterday paid tribute to The Buttery: "I was pleased to invite the minister to the Buttery last year to see the good work they are doing and he was as impressed as I was."



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