'Untreated, your future is bleak'

A TOOWOOMBA meth dealer with "drug-induced mental health issues” has been released into the community to seek "immediate help”.

Brodie Brian Carlish, 19, began using drugs when he was 13.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard he turned to dealing after he was hurt in a car crash and could not work.

He began working with a friend who already ran a drug business and took over when his friend was arrested.

Carlish had about 15 customers, including 10 regulars, some of whom on-sold the drugs. When he was arrested Carlish was found with meth, cocaine and ecstasy.

On Friday, Carlish was sentenced to three years jail - but released on parole immediately.

Carlish has already spent 95 days in jail and told the court he was now sober and tendered a clean drug test.

The court heard Carlish had "serious drug induced” mental health issues that were previously undiagnosed.

A psychologist's report found without treatment Carlish was a high risk of re-offending because of his long-term drug addiction and mental health problems.

Justice John Byrne told Carlish if he did not get immediate mental health care he would find himself returning to drugs and back behind bars.

"He really should be seeking psychiatric assistance urgently,” he said.

"Untreated, your future is bleak.”

Justice Byrne ordered Carlish be released on parole and placed under supervision.

He said Carlish needed to seek mental health care and keep himself sober.

"You can never expect such leniency ever again,” he said.

"If he returns to drugs he will have chosen to send himself back to prison.”

- NewsRegional

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