Mum of two "not addicted enough" to receive drug aid

A MOTHER has begged for help for her drug-addicted daughter who was refused admission to a detox program at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Jeanne fears her daughter, aged 30, will die if she does not get off drugs soon.

"If she doesn't get help, she'll be dead within six months, either at her own hands or someone else's," Jeanne said yesterday.

Jeanne said her daughter sought admission to a detox program at the hospital on Tuesday after seven years of drug addiction.

But she said that one of two doctors who saw her daughter had told her that she was not addicted

seriously enough to warrant admission.

Her daughter was going cold turkey at home, she said. But Jeanne fears the mother-of-two will relapse or have a seizure without

supervision.

She said her daughter wanted to enter Najara, a program for recovering drug addicts at Nambour, but had been referred to the RBH for detox first.

Jeanne said the hospital knockback was frustrating after the family had spent months trying to get her daughter to seek treatment.

"Queensland Health is encouraging people to 'get off the street, get off the drugs, and we'll help you,' and to find out that they had sent her home was so disappointing," she said.

Executive director of Metro North Mental Health, Brett Emmerson, said he could not comment on spec

ific cases due to patient confidentiality.

Sunshine Coast general practitioner Dr Wayne Herdy said detox beds at the RBH were limited but detox support was available through the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service and general practitioners.

He encouraged any addict wanting to get off drugs to find a supportive GP.

Trevor Hallewell, program manager at Najara, said he would be willing to discuss options with the family.

"It takes a lot of courage, a lot of strength, to get on the phone and say, 'I don't want to do this any more'," he said.

"We try to give them some options."


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