Drug of­fences rise across the re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME - Adam Davies APN News­desk

THE num­ber of drug-re­lated of­fences recorded across the Wide Bay and Bur­nett po­lice dis­trict has sky­rock­eted over the past three years.

The po­lice dis­trict in­cludes Bund­aberg, Monto, Childers, Mary­bor­ough, Her­vey Bay, Tin Can Bay and Gympie.

APN News­desk re­search re­vealed there were about 4101 drug of­fences in the re­gion last year, which in­cluded 16 traf­fick­ing, 212 pro­duc­ing and 203 sup­ply of­fences.

There were also 1753 drug pos­ses­sion and 1917 other drug-re­lated of­fences recorded dur­ing the same pe­riod across the re­gion.

A Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice spokes­woman said the preva­lence and use of all danger­ous drugs was a huge con­cern for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

But she said drug use could not be erad­i­cated solely via a polic­ing so­lu­tion.

“The prob­lem is no more sig­nif­i­cant in ru­ral or re­gional com­mu­ni­ties than it is in ma­jor cities and towns,” she said.

“The use of danger­ous drugs cuts across all de­mo­graph­ics and lo­ca­tions with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

The Po­lice Ser­vice was work­ing with other agen­cies to tar­get those re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing, im­port­ing and dis­tribut­ing danger­ous drugs to re­duce the use of and de­mand for danger­ous drugs across the com­mu­nity, she said.

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