Drug abuse back in the spotlight

Mining workers in Queensland have again spoken out over a culture of drug abuse in fly-in fly-out camps, and police say illegal drug makers are specifically targeting the industry.

One worker told ABC News employees used illicit substances in their recreation time, and a wide variety of drugs were on offer.


“You just see blokes out of their tree, especially when they knock off work,” he said.


“They might have a quick bong or shot of amphetamines, so you have to assume two quick beers don't send you as silly as some of them get.”


Drug use by employees, particularly FIFO workers, has long been an issue in the mining industry, but Queensland Resources Council cheif Michael Roche told ABC News the problem was not unique to mining.


“Let's not pretend this is a mining industry problem; this is a societal problem, but mining workers are targeted by the pushers of these drugs because they are well-paid people and they think they might be a good market,” he said.


Yesterday Detective Sergeant Jay Notaro, from the Moranbah Criminal Investigation Branch, said the level of drug crime in Dysart was not larger than other communities.


“There's been no out of control problem there – we've had no large drug seizures,” he said.


Nevertheless QLD police have started presenting seminars in mining regions to help address the drug use problem, and said it would be “naïve” to think drug manufacturers weren't targeting miners.

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