Drug offences rise across the region
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.