Chroming fix can’t wait

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

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