User gives behind the scenes glimpse of drug trade
MATT Smith (not his real name) was trying to shake his decade-long drug habit. But then he moved to Gladstone.
Taking heroin, speed and methadone, he fought his inner demons to "stay clean", but it didn't take long to relapse, last year.
Matt said he got back into the drug scene through a mate in industry.
He said he had never dabbled in dealing drugs, but made connections to the underworld soon after moving to town.
"People will approach you at the shops and ask if you can get marijuana on the street," Matt said.
"If I did grow up in Gladstone, I would be in the middle of that (dealing) circle".
Matt said speed, pills and pot were mostly dealt in town, with the "city drug" heroin hard to come by.
The gear is made in car boots, motel rooms and backyards.
Before moving to Gladstone with his mate, the former Adelaide resident said he had been clean for two and a half years.
The pair initially avoided the drug scene, but then Matt caved.
"Every time I take drugs I enjoy it too much," he said.
To beat the habit, he even launched his own Gladstone rehabilitation service called Smart Recovery.
Matt ran the group for six years, until October last year.
While he said he had turned some people away from drugs, he said he was no longer in the right frame of mind to be running the program.
Recently Matt relapsed onto speed and methadone, but insists his drug taking has slowed up considerably.
"There is help available...it is a decision you have to make. It's not an easy decision."