DRUG ISSUE: Senior Constable Peter McNamara with 17 grams of ice, seized in a raid in Chinchilla last year.
DRUG ISSUE: Senior Constable Peter McNamara with 17 grams of ice, seized in a raid in Chinchilla last year. Matthew Newton

Littleproud hosting 'ice' forum in Chinchilla next week

THERE are three stories that stand out in Maranoa MP David Littleproud's mind when it comes to the harrowing effects of the drug 'ice'.

The first is when he met with a drug addict in Roma - someone who had just been released from jail after becoming a dealer to feed his habit.

"He, basically, had a very high paying job, he had a young family, and he lost it all,” Mr Littleproud said.

"He didn't realise he'd been in a haze from what the ice had done to him. He got caught dealing, went to jail, and had to get clean.

"It was that one mistake of trying ice that just hooked him.”

The second and third relate to families - a middle-aged woman in the South Burnett who is trying to get help for her young son, and a mother and father who have had to go away to rehab, leaving their children in the care of their grandparents.

With the Federal Government investing $298 million over four years to combat illicit drug and alcohol use in Australia, Mr Littleproud said he was organising community forums to ensure the electorate's towns are represented and receive tailored support, preventative measures and treatment outcomes.

Chinchilla will get the opportunity to have its say from 7.30am on June 5 at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre, where representatives from the region's Primary Health Network will be in attendance to hear people's concerns.

Professing he was "ignorant” of the scale of the ice problem until he became the Federal Member for Maranoa at last year's Federal Election, Mr Littleproud sees his role as a facilitator "to make sure this money is spent properly”.

"As a father of three boys, this menace scares me because I've heard the heart-breaking stories of mums and dads across Maranoa who watch helplessly as their children suffer the horrific consequences of ice - it doesn't discriminate because addiction to can happen to anyone,” Mr Littleproud said.

"We've got $298million and my fear is we're going to get a cookie-cutter approach if we don't speak up - what might work in The Gap in Brisbane might not work in Chinchilla, Tara or Miles.

"Whether you're a user, recovering from addiction, family member, medical professional, involved in community support or law enforcement - and everyone in-between - we need an open and honest discussion and that's why I will hold a community forum at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre at 7.30am on June 5.”

Would you like to know more about these ice forums or would you like to have your say on what topics should be discussed? Please phone Mr Littleproud's office on 4662 2715 or email him at david.littleproud.mp@aph.gov.au.


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