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Opioid addicts have been waiting for help in Southland and Otago for two years.

In Southland and Otago, medical students will have to wait more than two years to end opioid addiction.

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In Southland and Otago, medical students will have to wait more than two years to end opioid addiction.

Southern opioid addicts have to wait two years for opioid replacement therapy because the program is less funded.

The Southern District Health Board is facing long waiting lists for its mental health addiction and intellectual disability services, but the Specialist Addiction Service does not have enough staff to continue. About 200 patients are waiting for an opioid replacement., Or methadone, treatment.

Otago unit manager David Jaggard said some patients had waited more than a year, while those who had not yet joined the program would have to wait two years.

An article presented to the board on Tuesday showed that 493 people were already part of the program in Southland and Otago, and Jagard said the service receives about 40 new referrals a year.

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This is a fund for only 323 patients.

His team had to limit the number of people due to staff shortages, after already “pinching” the staff with ordinary alcohol and drug services.

Crown Monitor Tori Putiki said the long wait would do a lot of harm to those seeking help, as well as their Wanao.

He said many would have been imprisoned or died before joining the program.

“I don’t think anyone suspects that the board finds this unacceptable,” said Pat Hodgson, chairman of the board.

Southern DHB did not focus on mental health services in the last fiscal year, and believed that there was room for necessary changes in the budget.

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“Some people will not survive two years of opioid replacement therapy,” said Towari Putiki, a former chair of the NZ Drug Foundation and crown monitor of the Southern District Health Board.

Hudson asked for accurate data to understand the “correct anatomy of the problem,” while Gilbert Torva, acting executive director of mental health, addiction and mental retardation, will review staff numbers.

Chris Fleming, chief executive of the Southern District Health Board, added that long-term vacancies and leadership changes were also a challenge.

The directorate’s general manager, Louis Travers, recently resigned, and at least 19 mental health roles have been announced on the board.

Board members were also surprised to learn that children and young people have been waiting an average of 28.4 days for mental health services.

Dr Lendl Kelly called it “terrible” while Crown Monitor and pediatrician Dr Benjamin Pearson warned that the number would rise in the wake of the latest national lockdown.

Chris Fleming, chief executive of the Southern District Health Board, said the wait for methadone treatment was unacceptable.

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Chris Fleming, chief executive of the Southern District Health Board, said the wait for methadone treatment was unacceptable.

Historically, only five percent of mental health funding has been spent on child and youth services, Torva said, and that number is a clear indication that the board needs to invest more in this age group.

An Independent Review of Southern DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services – Time for change – T Horihanga.Released in August with 35 recommendations. From urgently hiring more staff to help people in crisis – with an immediate focus on Queen Stone, Central Lakes and Vitae – the funding for Copa Services has tripled over the next three years. Increased to Million Dollars.

Tony Goslag, a former deputy director of mental health and addiction at the Ministry of Health, has since been appointed director of service improvement, while a former Queenstown Lakes mental health service manager has been asked to address the crisis. Help for

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