As a coroner’s inquest into the overdose death of a young man at a drug treatment centre last March enters its fifth day, the focus is on claims a bag made its way into the facility unchecked.
Saying there’s little that can be done to make them fully secure, the CEO of the Sunshine Coast Health Centre CEO Melanie Jordan defended the centre against claims security was lax, and maintains the drugs that killed Brandon Jansen were smuggled in.
Jordan has always claimed the findings in an industry investigation back in November were right, that the drugs that killed Brandon were smuggled in a bag brought in by a family member.
Testifying today, Jordan said there was no indication at the time that an unchecked bag was brought in.
She also testified today that her facility does not have the means to test for contraband or illicit substances.
She did say however that it was noteworthy Brandon was concerned about getting access to protein powder at the centre.
Brandon’s mother, Michelle, strongly denies the luggage claim, implying earlier this week that another resident at the centre had brought the drugs in that killed her son.
Speaking with reporters, she called the claims a distraction technique.
“I think bad press has certainly had a huge impact on their business operations and this inquest is being followed very closely.”
Jordan told me earlier this week she would have more to say about the claim the drugs that killed him were brought in by a family member— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) January 20, 2017
The inquest has already heard from Michelle about her struggles to get treatment for her son, including spending more than $200,000 on 11 treatment centres.
She says that experience was marred by an absence of government support, no dedicated agency checking in, and not enough funding, direction, or advice.
Michelle also told the inquest a government facility she and her son dealt with was riddled with drugs, though to a lesser degree than some private ones.