A combination of alcohol and amphetamines has meant Gladstone Hospital's emergency department has had to make major changes to the way patients are dealt with.
Emergency doctor Matt Allen, who has worked in the department for some years, said the current transient nature of many residents and the fact many arrived at the hospital after consuming alcohol and amphetamines had made for a much less stable environment.
"These people are much harder to deal with than those who have just consumed too much alcohol, or who have smoked cannabis - they just tend to need to sleep it off," he said.
In early October of this year, an experiment began.
The name of the experiment: the Queensland Safe Night Out Strategy.
The objective: use a carefully planned strategy to combat and curb alcohol-related violence in the Queensland nightlife, so that everyone can truly have a “safe night out.”
This strategy would include an awareness campaign that would let Queenslanders know what acceptable behaviour is and is not in entertainment venues, more severe penalties for offenders and those guilty of anti-social behavior, and an ID scanner network that would enforce a “ban from one venue, banned from all” initiative.
IPSWICH incumbent Ian Berry hit the campaign trail with Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie on Thursday to promote the LNP's Safe Night Out strategy. $200 million strengthening of the public safety initiative across the state would involve additional drug and alcohol education for students in grades 7-12, while local boards consisting of police, publicans, council and community members would be established. Fourteen people have been banned from Ipswich's licensed venues since Safe Night Out started last October.
STREET violence, coward punches and loutish behaviour It seems the only way to curb the problem is for people to have a change in attitude towards alcohol-fuelled violence.
While instances of street violence have dropped off following a decrease in the population, there is still a large number of people who are arrested and appear at Mackay Courthouse because they don't know how to behave in the CBD.
:"That's simply not acceptable," Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford said.
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