More voices have supported the calls for a drug court in Wagga, but the city's MP and a founder of a private rehab have both said there is a need for more treatment and rehabilitation services.
The comments follow The Daily Advertiser's article on whether or not the city should be home to a specialised court.
Wagga MP Joe McGirr said he supports the establishment of a drug court in the city.
He added that the expansion and adequate funding of the Drug Court of NSW was among the recommendations of the Special Commission of Inquiry into crystal methamphetamine and other amphetamine-type stimulants - the "ice inquiry".
He said the specialised court had been shown to be effective but believes any expansion of the system needs to include adequate funding of treatment and rehabilitation services.
"Drug courts are only part of the solution, but they have been shown to be effective," Dr McGirr said.
"But we've got to have back-up services available. We need to make sure there are supporting services in regional areas."
Debbie Cox, director of Riverina Recovery House, echoed Dr McGirr's sentiments adding that more mental health services would be crucial.
"I think we have some great services in the region," she said.
"But, I think the problem is bigger than what a lot of services can handle. We can always use more services, but especially psychology and psychiatry."
Ms Cox said the mental health sector is crucial in dealing with people who have drug dependency issues.
She added as community attitudes towards those who have an addiction have become more understanding, but there is still a long way to go.
"Often it is not their choice to become dependent, a lot of them struggle with it for different reasons," Ms Cox said.
"If we can have more support instead of more judgement that goes a long way.
"We only stand to gain for additional services."
Ms Cox said the focus is often on criminal justice proceedings, but sometimes a 'therapeutic' solution is needed.
"We need to boost that up in regional NSW," she said.
"The drug court is a great idea for Wagga, but some people do not belong in jail. We can help them in other ways."