THE long-term side effects of drug use were on clear display this week when Hugh Michael Carberry appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court.
The court heard how police entered a house in West Gladstone on January 8 and conducted a search of the premises.
Officers came across three uncapped syringes, one of which was sitting on the bedside table of the accused.
At the time of the search, Carberry was still on probation for intravenous drug use; however the court was told he also suffers from a series of severe mental illnesses.
Lawyer Brad Krebs said the defendant was using the syringes to administer prescribed drugs to manage his illnesses.
Magistrate Scott Luxton imposed a fine of $350 for failure to take reasonable care and precautions in respect to the syringes and an additional $250 for breach of probation.
Carberry will also be required to maintain ongoing contact with heath services.