Our hell town where the ice age is 10
DRUG dealers are trapping Caboolture kids as young as 10 with ice addiction by lacing marijuana with the life-shattering poison.
The shocking revelations - laid bare by not-for-profit addiction specialists crying out for help on the ground - has jolted the Federal Government into providing $11 million to build a new adult detox live-in centre and emergency funding.
Caboolture may be ground zero for the Longman by-election, but for Lives Lived Well clinical services manager Leah Tickner it is one of the state's worst hot spots for ice addiction.
In an exclusive and frank interview with The Courier-Mail yesterday, Ms Tickner said the drug and alcohol devastation could not be understated in the area, which had intergenerational welfare, high rates of domestic violence and a struggling economy.
"It's horrible to know," Ms Tickner said.
"They (drug dealers or friends) are selling cannabis laced with methamphetamines to get them hooked. They are as young as 10.
"(The new funding) will save lives."
Ms Tickner said some ice or cannabis was being sold at school, offered by older siblings or even their parents.
In some cases, they have been referred cases by the Child Safety Department.
However she said the scourge was affecting many age groups and groups, including new young mothers.
Ms Tickner said the charity was already at capacity with a waiting list, and was still being referred 100 new cases a month.
Lives Lived Well chief executive officer Mitchell Giles said some of the heartbreaking stories had been relayed to Health Minister Greg Hunt.
Mr Hunt, who will be in Caboolture today to make the funding announcement, told The Courier-Mail that from July the organisation will receive $3.6 million to fund services over three years.
On top of that, $7.5 million will be provided to fund the capital development and ongoing services of a new 20-bed residential rehabilitation facility in Caboolture, which provide live-in treatment options for patients in need.
"This funding will save lives, keep families together and create a safer community,'' Mr Hunt said.
"This funding will now mean they can fully meet this significant demand (and) will start to flow immediately and will again reduce a significant barrier for support for those people who are unable to travel to Brisbane for help.
"(It) gives them a greater chance of overcoming their illness, helping them stay within their local support network, close to other community groups.
"Alcohol and drugs, especially ice and meth addiction, rips families and communities apart and this funding will ensure more much support is offered to stop people slipping through the cracks."