Topics:  drugs, fitness, gladstone, steroids

Steroid use on the rise around the state

QUEENSLAND is leading the country with the number of steroid busts but Gladstone Police are unable to say whether Gladstone is part of this growing trend.

Gladstone Crossfit gym instructor Sean O'Neill said steroids were out there but only a minority used them.

"I'm sure it happens in Gladstone. It happens everywhere," Sean said.

"There is that stereotype that associates with anyone that is big or defined. The first thing that people think of is, 'Oh okay, this dude is on steroids'."

The rise in steroid busts across the state came as it was discovered some Gladstone residents were using the postal system to import illicit substances undetected.

Gladstone Narcotics Anonymous founder Hayley Rose said some users would do anything to get their hands on drugs, including receiving them through the mail.

An Australia Post representative could not comment on whether Gladstone residents were sending illicit substances through the mail, as it was a matter for the Australian Federal Police.

Mail sent by Gladstone residents is delivered to larger regional and metropolitan sorting facilities, depending on its destination.

It is then transported by road or air.

The representative could not reveal where the mail was checked, but said the screening of the mail was the responsibility of Australian Customs Service and Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

An Australian Federal Police representative said the maximum penalty for importing border controlled drugs was life imprisonment or a $1,275,000 fine.

The exact statistics on Queensland's increase in steroids will be released later this month in the Australian Crime and Misconduct Commission's 2011-12 report.

It will show the number of dealers and users arrested in the state jumped more than a quarter last year.

The previous 2010-11 report revealed that steroids were not Australia's biggest concern when combating illegal substances.

"Compared to other illicit drugs, research indicates there is only a small illicit steroid user group in Australia," the report said.

ACC's chief executive officer John Lawler wrote at the time: "Cannabis remains the dominant illicit drug in Australia in terms of arrests, seizures and use."


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