A DEADLY cocktail of steroids and methamphetamines is behind the spiralling late night violence on Queensland streets, often requiring more than five officers to restrain a single man.
Image conscious men are importing steroids from Asia, where anabolic steroid use is legal, and mixing it with methamphetamines like Ice to reduce their weight gain before fuelling it with alcohol and hitting key night spots.
View attachment 36891 The Australian Crime Commission found more people are arrested in Queensland for steroid use than any other state in Australia.
Queensland accounts for more than half of steroid arrests with 58 per cent in 2011-12 and will top the list when the 2012-13 report is released.
Senior police have ordered a no tolerance crackdown on steroids, accounting for the spike in arrests as they attempt to clean up the streets.
Federal MP Steven Ciobo yesterday revealed Gold Coast police had told him they often required six officers to restrain individuals.
Drug Squad inspector Geoff Marsh admitted drug cocktails played a role in late night violence and police treated steroid use on the same level as other illicit substances.
"People are not going to walk away from us, they will be dealt by with us,'' he said.
"My detectives do see a high proportion of people in those glamour parts of Queensland whether it be the Gold Coast or the Whitsundays engaged in such activities because it is image enhancing.
"These people might appear OK in a gymnasium situation, but become more of a challenge for everyone in society when you combine drugs with alcohol at night.
"People arrested are not athletes, it is all image enhancing.''
Mr Ciobo, whose electorate takes in the Surfers Paradise precinct, said front line police officers had given multiple accounts of uncontrollable men requiring up to six officers to arrest them.
"Having spoken to a number of police on the coal face, they have described situations where five or six officers have been required to restrain one single man who is drug affected,'' he said.
"It is clear while alcohol is a major problem, but it is not the only problem.
"The reality is, a lot of violence is fuelled all too often by a lethal cocktail of both alcohol and drugs including methamphetamines.''
Mr Ciobo said revellers hospitalised for drug related issues should pay medical costs instead of the taxpayers.
He said being under the influence of illicit substances should no longer be used as an excuse in courtrooms.
"If charged with an offence alcohol or drugs should be used as an aggravating factor, not a mitigating factor.''
Inspector Marsh said young men needed to realise steroid use was illegal.
"It is a Schedule Two Dangerous Drug. Those arrested for possession or supply face similar criminal prosecution to other illicit substances.''
"Steroid users often have mood swings, manic behaviour and irritability.''
Insp Marsh called on gym operators to contact police if they suspect gym users of steroid use.
He said police were well equipped to deal with difficult revellers at night.
VANITY OF YOUTH TO BLAME
QUEENSLAND gym junkies are travelling to Thailand to bulk up on steroids or buying the muscle-enhancers from black market dealers including bikies, a Gold Coast personal trainer says.
Revel Loughlin, who has been weight training for several years, says steroids are readily available 'for those who want them'.
And he says an increasingly 'superficial' lifestyle, especially on the Coast, is leading many young men to take steroids to 'get really big really quickly'.
"I've never taken steroids but they're not hard to get,'' Mr Loughlin, of Rev's Fitness, said.
"I get guys coming up to me asking me, 'Do you want some? Do you need some?''
Mr Loughlin said gym junkies ordered steroids over the internet 'hoping they'll get past Customs'.
"A lot of guys also go over to Thailand where 'roids are easy to get,'' he said.
"They stay there for three to six months until they've finished their cycle (of steroids) and then come back. It's really unhealthy to use them for too long.''
Mr Loughlin believed steroids were 'one of the main sources of revenue' for bikies.
"They are all massive dudes so they obviously use them as well,'' he said.
"It makes sense for them to deal them. There's a big market for them, especially on the Gold Coast where you have that superficial thing going where people seem to think they need to be big to be physically appealing.''
Mr Loughlin said while steroids did not automatically make people aggressive, 'they amplify your personality'.
"So if you're a guy with a short fuse, your anger is going to go through the roof something fierce,'' he said.
Mr Loughlin, 23, admitted he got into bodybuilding 'for vanity' and to compete with his older brother.
While 'curious' about steroids, he did not take them for health reasons and because he wanted to be a positive role model for his clients.
"The cons of taking steroids definitely outweigh the pros when you look at the bad side-effects,'' he said.
"Just taking steroids won't get you big. You have to train hard six or seven days a week and pay strict attention to your nutrition.''
Fellow natural bodybuilder Tom Say, 22, believes many people in their late teens and early 20s feel compelled to take steroids to maintain a certain image.
"I think a lot of young people come under pressure because they want to look good and they want to look good fast," he said.
"I think that's the biggest thing why young people feel under pressure to use."
Mr Say said someone's aggressive nature was already ingrained but said drugs like steroids and alcohol just amplify that nature.
By Daniel Meers, Greg Stolz
Photographs Luke Marsden, News Ltd; arrest at Surfers Paradise, personal trainer Revel Loughlin
January 25 2014
Courier Mail News
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