A visitor passing through Coonabarabran last Sunday found a nasty surprise in the ladies’ public toilets in Dalgarno Street. The needle, spoon and injecting saline were found around at 11am in toilets that both locals and tourists frequent. The toilets are also a nappy change station where parents take small children. The visitor said the find made her “feel sick”.
Recent drug arrests by Coonabarabran police have been prominent in their press releases reminding the public that the rural drug problem is well and truly here in Coonabarabran; a problem we can not pretend does not exist. While Coonabarabran is no different to any other rural town with regards to drug use, moves can be taken to emulate towns that have had some success in tackling the problem. Community engagement with police, the public reporting suspicious activity, and businesses such as local hotels having zero tolerance policies with regards to sales of drugs on their premises have been some of the strategies employed by NSW rural towns.