Ice-Laced Marijuana Being Targeted At Kids In Caboolture
A Queensland charity has made the horrifying claims that children as young as ten are getting hooked on ice, through marijuana laced with the drug.
A Caboolture charity claims children as young as ten are being given marijuana laced with the addictive drug ice to get them hooked.
Staff at support organisation Lives Lived Well know all too well how bad the situation has become.
They see more than 100 people a month through their doors, and have been forced to turn people away.
On Wednesday the Federal Government stepped in to help – announcing funding of more than $11 million dollars to fight the issue.
Two thirds of the funds will go to establishing a dedicated live-in care facility in the area, with the remaining funds going to counselling and detox services which will start from July 1.
A recent survey found around 20 percent of the population admitted to taking an illicit substance – higher than the national average of 13 percent.
Staff said young children are getting caught up in the dangerous cycle of drug addiction, devastating their development, and their futures.
Right now, the demand for services is four times what the organisation expected, with drug and alcohol issues having a catastrophic effect on children and young people specifically.
Clinical Services Manager Leah Tickner said the new funding will give them the ability to put more feet on the ground straight away.
It could take up to 18 months to get the residential unit up and running, with funding available for three years.