‘I’ve never understood the attraction of drugs.’

I’VE never understood the attraction of drugs.

Call me a goody-two-shoes but I’ve never popped a pill, snorted any powder or injected what basically amounts to poison into my body.

I often feared I would be the next Anna Wood. Or that I would lose my job if I was caught out.

But I have had a school friend overdose on heroin and I’ve seen the ripple effect of that.

Through spending the bulk of my career reporting from Queensland courthouses, I have also seen the circle of offending and the effect that has on many families.

One couple, who I met doing an interview after the man was running around a caravan park trying to keep his intestines in his stomach after a drug-related stabbing, had newborn twins.

When I noticed the twins missing at one of their many court appearances, they said: “They got taken off us but don’t worry, we’ve got another bun in the oven”.

I can’t help but wonder what life must be like for the children growing up in that environment.

But the sad part is, ice and ecstasy use affects everyday families from all walks of life and it leaves lasting effects.

The Ripple Effect campaign this week has been a sobering one.


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