Children and clandestine drug laboratories: the unseen victims

Sharon L Hawkrigg and Peter M Winterton
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10684
Published online: 16 December 2013

To the Editor: Recent amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (WA) have introduced mandatory prison sentences for parents who endanger their children’s health and safety by having them present at a clandestine drug laboratory.1 Despite legal and law enforcement awareness of this increasing problem across Australia, a criminal offence in all states since 2005, many medical professionals remain unaware of the dangers of clandestine laboratories.

  • Sharon L Hawkrigg
  • Peter M Winterton

  • Child Protection Unit, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, WA.

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