WHEN Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick was asked why there were minimal programs for addicted youth funded across the state, his spokesman said it was because minors only "experiment" with drugs, and weren't dependent.
The response came the day after a Rockhampton mother's desperate plea to find help for her ice-addicted teenager.
She had built her own in-house cage to protect him and the public but was warned not to use it by police.
The majority of readers were shocked by the statement:
Klara Peters: Drugs are indiscriminate. Help should be provided with easy and plentiful access to all affected. Take a visit to the local schools and have a chat with students, staff or parents. Drugs are rife within this community along with many others. Ignoring this issue or playing dumb does not make it go away or any better, in fact it makes the future issues much worse. Attack the drug problem now!
Roslyn Svensen: Rockhampton is no different to the rest of this country. Huge drug epidemic. Imagine having this statement coming out of the mouth of our health minister.
Julie Kelly: Everyone with a drug addiction deserves help and treatment and shouldn't be treated differently beacause of their age. Young kids may try it for fun but there are plenty with addictions just the same. Isnt it better to help them while young before the addiction gets worse as they get older.
Helen Day: Where's his evidence that minors only experiment! Surely a health minister should be basing his decisions on evidence not some fanciful hearsay!
Elaine Hans: Everyone who has a drug problem, no matter what age, deserves help... Realistic help... Not just 'on paper' help too.
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