CHILDREN as young as 14 are becoming addicted to ice, some at the hands of their own parents, and police south of Brisbane are desperate to break the cycle.
The Logan Child Protection Investigation Unit has seen a 10 per cent increase in methamphetamine-related cases this year and have launched an operation to reduce the devastating impact of ice on children.
Det Fletcher has seen some children so high they have not slept for three days and even parents supplying their own kids with drugs.
He said the habit is putting their lives at risk and is creating a “deep ripple effect” in the community, fuelling other serious crimes.
“They’re frying their brains basically,” he said.
Children are suffering at the hands of their drug addicted parents.
Acting detective senior sergeant Damian Cotter said the newly-launched Operation Velodrome was also to help curb the number of children being neglected by their ice-addicted parents.
“We’re seeing pure neglect where families are going without so the parents can get more ice,” act det sen sgt Cotter said.
“In one case police attended a welfare check on a family with very young children that on a number of occasions have been so drug affected they haven’t even been able to be woken.”
He believes the cost and availability is what is driving the prevalence of ice across the country.
“The accessibility has increased exponentially and the price has decreased, which is a bad combination,” act det sen sgt Cotter said.
In the 2017/18 financial year, police seized 47kg of ice and busted 139 drug labs in Queensland.
The Government’s newly announced campaign will target cutting supply and will be matched with a new Ice Help campaign to treat those addicted to the drug.
Ms Farmer said almost one in three children who come into the care of the Department of Child Safety had a parent who had used methamphetamine.
If you have any information, call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
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Well, so wrote the band, Matchbox 20, nearly a decade ago.
The song kind of rings true, in more ways than one, for a growing number of our community struggling with the complexities of 21st century living and some of the attending dysfunctions that our ever burgeoning ‘technocracy’ leads us into.
There are reasons why stress, anxiety and depression present, and some of those sources/origins can be amplified by our obsessive ‘screen culture’; not just content, but mechanism too.
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This extremely ambitious book by Dr. Robert DuPont is the first book that I know of by a leader in the drug abuse prevention and treatment field that has highlighted the message of Pope Francis: that engaging in drug taking for experiential purposes is tantamount to allowing oneself to become enslaved. No one would ever willingly accept such a fate. When one gives up one’s will power, the theosophists say that one gives up one’s soul power. The Dalai Lama has said that a person who uses drugs give up his or her authentic self. This book provides a range of significant roadmaps that have been used by a country, Sweden; and by institutions, treatment programs, families, and individual drug users and addicts, to safeguard or sustain and retain that authentic drug-free selfhood. By bringing to light in one place, many of these roadmaps, Dr. DuPont shares insights into how that authentic self can be safeguarded from the pitfalls of drug taking behavior. He shares insights into the steps that many have taken to retain or reclaim their authentic selves, initiative, will power, brain power, judgment, creativity, and essential humanity.
"Potentially thousands of children and young people are being trafficked from Vietnam and exploited by ruthless criminal gangs."
August 21, 2018
Experts warned Monday that large numbers of child slaves may be working on cannabis farms in London.
Since 2016, authorities have found 314 illegal cannabis farms in London, according to police data. The most alarming figures, however, come via human trafficking experts, who warn that the number of children used as slave labor on these farms is likely in the thousands.
"Experts say children are being trafficked from Vietnam and other countries to work in these farms, which are often located in residential properties, and that the scale of the problem has been vastly underestimated," Reuters reports.
The Australian human rights group, Walk Free, claims that Britain is home to 136,000 slaves. Last year, more than 2,000 child trafficking victims were reportedly referred to British authorities, the highest number on record, the group says.
"The high number of cannabis farms across London and trafficking of Vietnamese children to work in them is extremely worrying," said Jakub Sobik, a spokesman for Anti-Slavery International. "Potentially thousands of children and young people are being trafficked from Vietnam and exploited by ruthless criminal gangs."
In February, the British government came under fire for refusing asylum to an orphan from Vietnam who was trafficked to work in the cannabis industry.
"It is vital that these children are seen by police as victims first and foremost and given proper support, as too often they are treated as criminals instead," Catherine Baker, a police officer at the anti-child trafficking organization ECPAT UK, told Reuters. "These vulnerable children are exploited in extremely dangerous conditions, with little or no pay and may be physically and psychologically abused by their traffickers."