Pubs and clubs fight violence
HOTEL licensees have offered to help clear pubs and clubs of drug-affected patrons by funding mandatory drug tests of offenders arrested for violent and anti-social behaviour.
The Australian Hotels Association in NSW yesterday stated it would offer $100,000 towards a six-month drug testing trial in NSW hotels.
In doing so the peak industry body claimed drugs and not alcohol are fuelling pub violence.
AHA Mid North Coast delegate Robyn Cork of Dorrigo said local hoteliers would discuss the possibility at their April meeting.
“Hotel staff has long suspected that a lot of people causing violence in pubs and clubs have been under the influence of drugs and not just alcohol, it’s a big issue everywhere,” Ms Cork said.
AHA CEO Sally Fielke said the industry would work with police and the State Government to combat drug use among young people. The issue, she said, ‘was the elephant in the room’.
“For too long, hotels have been made the scapegoat for what is a much wider community problem,” Ms Fielke said.
“We’re sick of security and other hotel staff being assaulted at the entrances to venues by people coming from the public domain pre-fuelled with alcohol or drugs or a combination of both.”
She said there is no doubt many young people are mixing drugs like ecstasy and cocaine with alcohol in a violent cocktail, with serious implications.