Office in Charge of the North Rockhampton Police Station Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll was one of the contributers to yesterday’s ice forum Inset: The Federal Assistant Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash headed yesterday’s ice forum Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin
Office in Charge of the North Rockhampton Police Station Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll was one of the contributers to yesterday’s ice forum Inset: The Federal Assistant Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash headed yesterday’s ice forum Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin Trinette Stevens

It seems ice is the drug of choice in Central Queensland

TWO types of the destructive drug ice dominate the market in Central Queensland, Senior Sergeant Ben Carroll said yesterday.

The officer-in-charge at North Rockhampton police station said there was the poorer quality ice that was produced locally and then the purer overseas product which came predominantly from Asian countries, like China and the Philippines.

Snr Sgt Carroll said the locally manufactured drug was often produced in box labs in homes across the region.

He said ice was the drug of choice in CQ.

Frighteningly, Snr Sgt Carroll has seen the devastating effects of the drug on the lives of users.

"The problem we've got with meth in particular, and the purer form we refer to as ice, it has this enormous effect on people's psychosis," he said.

"It enhances their strength, it keeps them awake for hours on end and gives them the feeling of euphoria... after being awake for many days, they go on this big downer and it causes huge problems in our community.

"It also causes great concern amongst the police because we're delaing with people who are sometimes heavily affected by drugs, they have super human strength, they do things they ordinarily wouldn't do."

Snr Sgt Carroll was one of the contributors to the federal Assistant Health Minister Senator Fiona Nash's community forum on crystal methylamphetamine, held yesterday.

Ms Nash, who arrived in Rockhampton yesterday for the meeting, said she had been travelling around the country consulting smaller communities on the impacts of ice as she believed organised crime was targeting rural and regional centres.

Ms Nash said there had been a "rapid escalation" of the drug's use.

"The taskforce will report to the Prime Minister in July... we know the Commonwealth Government alone is not going to be able to tackle this. It's going to have to be with states and territories and, most importantly, with local communities," she said.

"Law enforcement alone is not going to be the way to tackle this... we're going to have to look at supply, look at rehabilitation services... and most importantly education."

Currently Rockhampton hosts only one rehabilitation centre, whose treatment comes to considerable personal financial cost to patients due to minimal government funding.

Ms Nash said extra funding for such facilities was not "off the table" for the process of the taskforce.

"We will be getting the evidence and data that we need across a whole range of issues, including rehabilitation and treatment services, and how many we have out in the communities, what's needed, where the gaps are...we're looking at funding as a result of this all of that feedback will be taken into account," she said.



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