Ice scourge wreaks havoc among families
SHOCKING figures released by Child Safety have revealed the horrific nature of family drug abuse in North Queensland.
The quarterly figures show in the 12 months leading up to March 2017, 65 children were placed under protection orders as a result of parents using methamphetamines.
The figures have prompted the State Government to hire a specialist ice adviser to provide specific expert support and advice to child safety workers.
Minister for Child Safety Shannon Fentiman said the numbers were up on last year, showing how devastating an effect ice was having on Queensland communities.
“The data shows that the majority of children where parental ice use was recorded the parent had only recently started abusing the drug,” she said. “This shows just how devastating this drug is and that is why we are doing so much to target the use of this particular drug so we can tackle the harm it is causing head- on.”
Ms Fentiman said the introduction of mandatory drug testing for parents suspected of drug use and entering parenting agreements had given Child Safety officers another tool to help keep children safe.
“Ice use continues to be a problem and more parents are being tested so we can identify those families where ice is causing harm,” she said.
“We make no apology for being tough on parents who do the wrong thing, and the latest data shows just how quickly ice use can cause terrible damage to children and families.”