SUBSTANTIAL RAID: Some of the ice Emerald CIB officers found during a search warrant prompted by a Crime Stoppers call.
SUBSTANTIAL RAID: Some of the ice Emerald CIB officers found during a search warrant prompted by a Crime Stoppers call. Kelly Butterworth Emeice

Chilling use of ice in CQ

ICE is in the Central Highlands.

There is no longer any question about it and the incredibly dangerous drug is being targeted by police and also by the Federal and State governments.

Ice users are unpredictable, they hurt themselves and others and they become so dependant on the drug that they lose sight of their lives.

Emerald Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Constable Fay Worthington said the devastating effects of the drug were "weaving a path of destruction in our communities".

"It is a drug that does not discriminate and is affecting people from all walks of life," Det Snr Const Worthington said.

"In recent times, police have detected a significant increase in the use of ice in the Emerald area, among both adults and teenagers."

The drug is ravaging communities all over the country.

The Federal Government announced a National Ice Taskforce to tackle the growing epidemic of ice addicts in communities.

Emerald police Sergeant Julia Henderson said with ice use came higher rates of other offences.

"Ice addicts commit crimes and become involved in high risk activities that, under normal circumstances, they wouldn't," she said.

"Their lives become centred around how to acquire the drug and it seems nothing else matters."

She said in Emerald, police were seeing too much of the drug.

"Emerald police are seeing these types of situations on a regular basis," Sgt Henderson said.

"We would encourage parents to talk to their children, and if you know a friend or family member involved with ice, encourage them to seek help."

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry welcomed government action on ice.

"Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is a dangerous and stupid drug that makes users sick, harms our community and only serves to make drug barons wealthier," she said.

"Ice is a frightening epidemic and I have long been speaking with key ministers to do more to combat it and I welcome the action to set up a key ice taskforce."

Long-term effects

Extreme weight loss due to reduced appetite

Anxiety, paranoia and violence

Depression

Restless sleep

Dry mouth and dental problems

Regular colds or flu

Trouble concentrating


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