We need to start to tackle region's drug epidemic.
We need to start to tackle region's drug epidemic. Kelly Butterworth

ED'S DESK: Solving drug crisis starts with a conversation

WE SOMETIMES comfort ourselves by thinking bad things only happen in someone else's life.

This week, we reported on a young boy who was allegedly drugged at a Blue Light Disco in Kingaroy.

I spoke to his mother over the phone about what happened on a number of occasions.

Her voice was shaky but determined.

She was tired of being ignored and cast aside every time she tried to speak up or speak out about what happened last Friday night.

It's impossible to cast blame, and I'm not here to point fingers. That's not my job.

I've been working as a journalist long enough to know that this could happen to anyone - nobody is immune.

This is no longer a problem we can continue to sweep under the rug.

We spend so much time as a society picking over the psychology of drug use, but repeating strategies that fail over and over is not rational.

And maintaining the supposed moral veneer that something like this won't happen to you or your loved ones, is plain narcissism.

We need to start and facilitate conversations on the difficult topic of drug addiction.

I hate drugs, with a passion that comes from seeing the damage they can wreak.

The dead friends, the broken bodies, the ruined lives, the wasted potential.

I understand the fear and I understand the anxiety provoked by the very existence of these substances.

I understand the chaos of their effects, and their risk.

But the South Burnett is facing a drug epidemic and our kids are suffering disproportionately.

I don't have all the answers to the complex problems, but I sure know where the solution will start: a conversation.