(Back, from left) Alcohol and Other Drugs clinical worker Ben Reynolds, Community Mental Health director Ivan Frkovic, Drug Awareness and Relief Foundation group executive officer Dennis Young, (front) DARF manager for quality and practice and DRUG-ARM executive officer Jody Wright.
(Back, from left) Alcohol and Other Drugs clinical worker Ben Reynolds, Community Mental Health director Ivan Frkovic, Drug Awareness and Relief Foundation group executive officer Dennis Young, (front) DARF manager for quality and practice and DRUG-ARM executive officer Jody Wright. Georja Ryan

Drugs not just big city problem

WARWICK is known for its picturesque landscapes, prime farming country and genuine people, yet beneath all that lurks an issue many try to sweep under the carpet - drugs.

There is sometimes the attitude that drug problems do not exist in rural communities, but Alcohol and Other Drugs clinical worker Ben Reynolds said this was far from the truth.

"People think that drug issues aren't prevalent in rural areas, but there is a drug problem and we need to address it," Mr Reynolds said.

He said alcohol was the highest used drug in Warwick, because of its legality, but cannabis was the major concern.

"Cannabis can cause psychosis, bipolar, can make you inactive which leads to depression, as well as a lot of legal trouble," Mr Reynolds said.

He said there were quite a few people in Warwick suffering from one of these due to cannabis use.

The next highest illicit drug of concern was amphetamines and Queensland director of community mental health Ivan Frkovic said this played a significant part in the development of mental illness.

"80% of clients who present themself to DRUG-ARM have (symptoms of) mental health issues," Mr Frkovic said.

Today marks the start of Drug Action Week and Mr Frkovic said it was vital to increase awareness about mental health at the same time, with the two often going hand in hand.

Drug action week runs until Friday.

Visit www.drugarm.com.au.

 

Daily topics

Today: Don't mix alcohol and other drugs

Tomorrow: Country communities and AOD

Wed: Improve health care for indigenous communities

Thurs: Changing the drinking culture of youth

Fri: Invest in AOD prevention.



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