Drug users’ dangerous needle habits
THE region's drug users are struggling to properly dispose of used needles and syringes after three offenders appeared before a Biloela magistrate this month.
Police recovered needles and syringes used in the administration of drugs in offenders' homes, cars and trousers in the past four weeks.
Christopher Grabyn pleaded guilty to one count each of failing to properly dispose of a syringe and possessing dangerous drugs after police found him unconscious under a tree in a Moura park on July 6.
The court heard Grabyn was frothing at the mouth and was in possession of four uncapped syringes.
He told police he injected one gram of amphetamines, or speed, before passing out.
Magistrate O'Driscoll told Grabyn he was facing a possible term of imprisonment if faced with similar charges in the future.
"I suggest you would not do well in prison," he said. "If you do not address these issues, you could be dead."
Grabyn was fined $500 and given 18 months probation with convictions recorded.
In a separate case, Dion Baker pleaded guilty to one count of failing to properly dispose of a syringe after police intercepted his vehicle on March 29.
They uncovered two syringes in his trouser pocket and another two in a tackle box in the boot of the car.
Baker told police he had used the syringes "in the last few days" and forgot about them.
He was fined $500 with a conviction recorded.
In a third case, Wayne Jarvis pleaded guilty to three drug related charges including failing to properly dispose of a syringe, possessing drug utensils and possessing dangerous drugs.
Police searched his Moura home on July 30 and uncovered a quantity of cannabis, a pipe in the lounge room and a capped syringe and needle in the bedroom.
Jarvis received 18 months' probation with convictions recorded.