Woorabinda gives ice a cold shoulder
WOORABINDA residents are taking a hard-line stance on drugs in their community after growing concerns that the drug ice is becoming a problem.
Police have responded to several incidents recently where people have been found in possession of or under the influence of dangerous drugs.
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Yesterday members of the Woorabinda community, including residents, councillors, police and hospital staff, held a meeting to discuss their concerns.
Senior Sergeant Kris Richards, officer in charge of the Woorabinda police, said the whole community came together in an overwhelming show of support against drugs.
The Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council has also come on board in a joint approach to eradicate drugs from the community. Mayor Terry Munns said they must work together to ensure the safety of their people
"We have many social problems facing our community and we certainly don't want ice here," he said.
"My message to our residents and the wider community is if you are caught with these hard drugs in Woorabinda you are not welcome here."
Community members have acknowledged there is a need for harsher penalties to be imposed upon drug offenders.
These may include offenders receiving strict bail conditions that they immediately leave the community until court or they receive treatment for their addiction.
Side effects of ice, also known as methamphetamine, include anxiety, paranoia, violent outbursts and depression.