Drug-addicted locals avoid Gladstone's rehab services
DRUG-addicted Gladstone residents are failing to use rehabilitation services offered in town, despite the fact three locals a week are being admitted to hospital for drug issues.
Gladstone's Narcotics Anonymous has seen a total of six people confide in the service since it opened three years ago.
The figures come as Queensland Health revealed 154 people had been admitted to Gladstone Base Hospital's emergency department for preliminary drug related diagnosis in the past 12 months.
A total of 62 people were admitted for drug poisoning between April 2012 and March 2013, while 38 people received preliminary diagnoses for drug addiction.
Narcotics Anonymous Gladstone chairperson Hayley Rose said while people were keen to seek help, they failed to attend sessions consistently.
"There have been six people ... attending in the past couple of months," Ms Rose said.
Through the 12-step program, and with help from the Gladstone Salvation Army, Ms Rose provides anecdotal advice from her own experiences.
"You have to be 100% ready to move on. You have to be ready to say 'I've had enough and I want to move on with my life'," Ms Rose said.
"I was addicted to speed, opiates, anti-anxiety tablets and marijuana."
A fortnight ago Queensland Ambulance Service revealed Gladstone paramedics had been called to 55 suspected drug overdoses this year.
"This is a problem that happens everywhere, not just in Gladstone," Ms Rose said.
The Queensland Health statistics are based on drug-related diagnoses at the Emergency Department at Gladstone Hospital.
Those wanting to attend Narcotics Anonymous can contact 0424554861.