Forces unite in fight against ice
THERE has been a worrying trend in the North Burnett with drug offences rising in recent years.
Police have joined a new campaign launched by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk as part of an Ice Strategy in Queensland.
There are two main targets of the campaign, cutting supply and treating those who need held.
The Premier said police efforts will be matched with a new Ice Help campaign to treat those addicted to the drug.
"We often hear of people being lost to Ice, that there is no remedy or return from this drug, we want all Queenslanders to know it is possible to recover and lead a productive life,” the Premier said.
The campaign features six former addicts and their families who tell their stories not just of how they fell into the grip of the drug but how they got out if it.
A helpline 1800 177 833 and new 24/7 Ice Help website give more support.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said specialist police were already hitting drug labs and dealer networks.
"The drug and serious crime group alone charged 2161 offenders with 7013 offences in the past financial year,” Mr Ryan said.
In 2017-18, 139 drug labs were busted, 47kgs of ice seized and 957 search warrants for ice and organised crime focused on regional investigations.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart issued a blunt warning to those making and trafficking ice.
"We will maintain the heat,” Mr Stewart said.
"If you are involved in producing and dealing in drugs, particularly ice, be warned: police will get you sooner rather than later,” he said.
Minister for Child Safety Di Farmer said almost one in three children who came into the care of the Department of Child Safety had a parent who had used methamphetamine (mainly ice) in the year prior to the child going into care.
"This is a complex problem,” Ms Farmer said.
"It's going to take a combined effort to address,” she said.