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Meth rife in regional WA

Regional WA has the highest methamphetamine consumption in the country, according to the most recent National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report released on April 5.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission chief executive officer Michael Phelan APM said it was concerning to see methamphetamine consumption on the rise in both capital city and regional sites.

“This destructive drug is having a terrible impact not only on users, but on families, first responders, health practitioners and the community more broadly,” he said.

The monitoring program provides a picture of changing trends in the consumption of methamphetamine and 11 other drugs across Australia.

It found nicotine and alcohol remained the highest consumed substances, while the average methamphetamine consumption had increased.

WA Police South West District Office inspector Peter Morrissey said the regions police focused strongly on the detection and the disruption of the supply at the street level.

“There a..

Regional WA has the highest methamphetamine consumption in the country, according to the most recent National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program report released on April 5.

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission chief executive officer Michael Phelan APM said it was concerning to see methamphetamine consumption on the rise in both capital city and regional sites.

“This destructive drug is having a terrible impact not only on users, but on families, first responders, health practitioners and the community more broadly,” he said.

The monitoring program provides a picture of changing trends in the consumption of methamphetamine and 11 other drugs across Australia.

It found nicotine and alcohol remained the highest consumed substances, while the average methamphetamine consumption had increased.

WA Police South West District Office inspector Peter Morrissey said the regions police focused strongly on the detection and the disruption of the supply at the street level.

“There are well established links between the use of methamphetamines and crime and anti-social behaviour and as such, the WA Police Force is focussed on putting specific effort into this area,” he said.

A WA Country Health Service spokesperson said as hospitals did not keep separate figures for people presenting with conditions relating to individual drugs, it was not possible to know whether there was any change to the rate of meth-related admissions.

However, they said patients affected by drugs and alcohol presented many challenges for hospital staff and emergency departments.

“Alcohol and drug use is often associated with assault, trauma and family and domestic violence, and these factors can contribute to the complexity of care required to manage and treat patients in these circumstances,” they said.

The Mental Health Commission provides funding to the Bunbury-based South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service, which provides outreach services to Busselton, Collie and Margaret River for free support and treatment.

The commission has also provided $800,000 to support the operation of the Blackwood River Clinic in Nannup.

The funding supplies 16 of the 20 beds at the low medical detoxification and residential rehabilitation facility.

A spokesperson said the report results showed a decrease from the October 2016 figures.

“However, people who do use are using a more potent form and using more frequently, which is resulting in a greater level of harm being experienced,” they said.

“Drug use affects not only those using, but their family, friends and the wider community.”

The spokesperson said the commission would continue to work with other government agencies to implement the State Governments Methamphetamine Action Plan.

“In the 2017-18 Budget, the state government allocated $18 million over three years for 33 residential rehabilitation beds in the South West by then end of 2020-21,” they said.

“This project is currently on track. The Mental Health Commission recently completed a Registration of Interest process which provided the opportunity for the commission to gauge the level of interest within the community services sector for the provision of services in the South West.”

Recently, Bunbury Hospital partnered with the St John of God Health Care Drug and Alcohol Service, with a liaison nurse now providing in-reach services to the Bunbury Hospital Emergency Department for referral of clients with alcohol and drug issues to support and rehabilitation services.

  • Anyone concerned about their drug use can call the Meth Helpline on 1800 874 878 or the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 198 024.
This story Meth rife in regional WA first appeared on Busselton-Dunsborough Mail.

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Argonaut Resources directors show faith in company by participating in oversubscribed SPP

Argonaut Resources NL (ASX:ARE) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company’s copper-zinc strategy by participating in the recently closed share purchase plan (SPP).

Independent non-executive chairman Patrick Elliot purchased more than 4.465 million shares at 0.55 cents per share in an indirect interest.

He now holds 5,876,159 shares in that interest with another 20,324,574 held in a separate indirect interest.

Independent non-executive chairman Malcolm Richmond acquired more than 5.454 million shares in a direct interest, increasing the number held in this interest to almost 15 million with another 1 million held in an indirect interest.

Overwhelming response to SPP[hhmc]
The company was overwhelmed by the response to its SPP which closed early and more than twice oversubscribed with the target subsequently increased to $2.5 million from $1.2 million.

Subscriptions in excess of $3 million were received and as a result, the SPP was closed with immediate effect.

Money ..

Argonaut Resources NL (ASX:ARE) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company’s copper-zinc strategy by participating in the recently closed share purchase plan (SPP).

Independent non-executive chairman Patrick Elliot purchased more than 4.465 million shares at 0.55 cents per share in an indirect interest.

He now holds 5,876,159 shares in that interest with another 20,324,574 held in a separate indirect interest.

Independent non-executive chairman Malcolm Richmond acquired more than 5.454 million shares in a direct interest, increasing the number held in this interest to almost 15 million with another 1 million held in an indirect interest.

Overwhelming response to SPP


The company was overwhelmed by the response to its SPP which closed early and more than twice oversubscribed with the target subsequently increased to $2.5 million from $1.2 million.

Subscriptions in excess of $3 million were received and as a result, the SPP was closed with immediate effect.

Money raised under this SPP and from the recently completed $2.7 million share placeRead More – Source

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Strickland Metals shares jump 39% ahead of drilling base metal target near DeGrussa

Strickland Metals Ltd (ASX:STK) shares surged 39% today ahead of its maiden drilling program at the Doolgunna Project, which will include a diamond drilling program that is likely to begin by the end of this month.

As a part of the program, a minimum of four diamond holes will be drilled to a depth of 500 metres to test a VMS target similar to the nearby DeGrussa deposit of Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR).

Heritage survey[hhmc]
Exploration activity has recommenced on the Doolgunna Project following completion of heritage surveys to allow land access to areas where the company wishes to complete exploration drilling.

The target for drilling is a compelling base metal prospect that exhibits geological characteristics that are interpreted to be similar to Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa deposit about 30 kilometres to the east of the project.

The prospect has a 3-kilometre-long electromagnetic conductor that lies below an outcropping copper-zinc gossan that has been mapped over a 1.2-kilomet..

Strickland Metals Ltd (ASX:STK) shares surged 39% today ahead of its maiden drilling program at the Doolgunna Project, which will include a diamond drilling program that is likely to begin by the end of this month.

As a part of the program, a minimum of four diamond holes will be drilled to a depth of 500 metres to test a VMS target similar to the nearby DeGrussa deposit of Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR).

Heritage survey


Exploration activity has recommenced on the Doolgunna Project following completion of heritage surveys to allow land access to areas where the company wishes to complete exploration drilling.

The target for drilling is a compelling base metal prospect that exhibits geological characteristics that are interpreted to be similar to Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa deposit about 30 kilometres to the east of the project.

The prospect has a 3-kilometre-long electromagnetic conductor that lies below an outcropping copper-zinc gossan that has been mapped over a 1.2-kilometre strike.

Diamond core drilling


The company plans to start the diamond core drilling by the end of this month.

A multi-purpose drill rig has been contracted to enable the minimum planned program wRead More – Source

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Pan Asia Metals has positive discussions on plans for Thai lithium project

Pan Asia Metals Ltd (ASX:PAM) has had positive discussions with authorities in Phang Nga Province, Thailand, including the provincial government, for its Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

PAM has submitted a presentation covering all aspects of the project including methods of ongoing exploration, conceptual mining and concentrate production, and the potential for downstream value-adding industries in Phang Nga and Thailand.

The presentation and subsequent discussions were aimed at assisting Phang Nga Provincial Government in their considerations for the proposed mining and industrial development areas.

Provincial Government discussions[hhmc]
Pan Asia was recently invited by the chief executive officer of the Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO), a Phang Nga Provincial Government coordinating body, to represent PAM and the Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

The meeting was also attended by the head of Phang Nga Provincial Industry along with the representatives of the Phang Ng..

Pan Asia Metals Ltd (ASX:PAM) has had positive discussions with authorities in Phang Nga Province, Thailand, including the provincial government, for its Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

PAM has submitted a presentation covering all aspects of the project including methods of ongoing exploration, conceptual mining and concentrate production, and the potential for downstream value-adding industries in Phang Nga and Thailand.

The presentation and subsequent discussions were aimed at assisting Phang Nga Provincial Government in their considerations for the proposed mining and industrial development areas.

Provincial Government discussions


Pan Asia was recently invited by the chief executive officer of the Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO), a Phang Nga Provincial Government coordinating body, to represent PAM and the Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

The meeting was also attended by the head of Phang Nga Provincial Industry along with the representatives of the Phang Nga Provincial Public Works and Town Planning Office.

Phang Nga Provincial Industry head has been appointed by the Phang Nga governor as chairman of the Phang Nga New Town Planning Committee.

During the meeting, the chairman of the committee conveyed its support for the Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

PAO wants to ensure that the requirements of the Reung Kiet project are incorporated into the town planning committee’s zoning plans to ensure that the project can progress once exploration and feasibility results prove positive.

“Can bring opportunities”


PAM managing director Paul Lock said: “We have been working hard in Phang Nga province and we are very happy with the positive reception that the Reung Kiet Lithium Project is receiving from the Phang Nga Provincial Government and surrounding communities.

“Reung Kiet is strategically located and based on peer feasibility work the project is positioned to potentially be one of the lowest-cost suppliers of lithium chemicals in the global peer group.

“This is a project that can bring substantial opportunities and value to Phang Nga and Thailand.”

Pan Asia is planning its second Reung Kiet drilling program with expectations that this will begin in the coming months following the conclusion of the current Khao Soon drilling program.

Potential cost curve leader


Reung Kiet is a hard rock project with lepidolite rich pegmatites chiefly composed of quartz, albite and lepidolite with minor cassiterite and tantalite as well as other accessory minerals including some rare earth.

Lepidolite does not require roasting and has a suite of by-products which are recoverable at the concentrator and processing stages of the flow sheet.

Peer feasibility work has Read More – Source

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