Chroming fix can’t wait
THE “prick your conscience” story about our indigenous youths who are caught up in the vicious cycle of chroming/ sniffing has indeed hit home ... again ( TB, July 25).
The substance misuse situation that was in its infancy some years ago has now reached maturity and is at crisis point.
It’s only a matter of time before some youngster/ s tragically succumb to the deadly effects of inhaling volatile substances.
The voluntary intake by indigenous youths of toxic substances has sadly become common.
We are now seeing a generation of lost souls who will no doubt be in great need of mental health support in the future.
Substance abuse is rampant and has become the scourge of the indigenous community.
Ironically I walked across this same bridge a few weeks ago.
There were six teenagers under the bridge sitting among various empty aerosol cans.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a mobile phone with me otherwise I would have immediately called the police.
What angers me the most is the fact that some of the cheap “dollar shops” still continue to openly display these dangerous products in full view of certain desperate customers.
The enticement to steal for a temporary “chemical high” would be extremely difficult to overcome once a young person is solely intent on procuring their particular choice of drugs.
To some business owners who have no conscience, the almighty dollar takes precedence.
Dealing with the distressing after- effects upon severely braindamaged youngsters is certainly not on their personal agenda. The possibility that a youngster could actually die from toxic inhalant misuse doesn’t seem to matter.
Regardless of one’s choice of illegal drugs, the overall fact remains that at the end of the line there is the definite possibility that some form of chronic mental health disorder will prevail.
If there was ever a time to take action, it’s definitely now.
CORALIE CASSADY, Townsville.
CRISIS POINT: Police discovered more than 35 empty deodorant cans in a drain next to Castletown.