Traders feeding sniffing habit
By GREG CHAPMAN
EVERY day Gary Gilliland watches his son slowly chroming himself to death and he feels powerless to stop it.
The father of Jamie Johnson finally spoke out yesterday after years of watching his son walk the path of self-destruction.
The NewsMail revealed last week how emergency services were unable to get Mr Johnson lasting help, despite the numerous medical emergencies and court appearances.
Mr Gilliland said that city shops were selling spray paint to his son, who he believed was giving it to children.
"He's got to be stopped,'' Mr Gilliland said.
"He saw that story in the paper (published last Friday) and he just laughed."
Mr Gilliland said his son had been sniffing paint for about 10 years.
"He had a wife and kids and they went to Sydney. The family is sick of him,'' he said.
Mr Gilliland said ambulance and police officers regularly brought his son back home or took him to hospital.
He said despite the abuse his son subjected himself to, he still had his wits.
"He's cunning. He'll go out and chrome all night, then he'll clean up and go out get some more. He just tells them he uses it for his push bikes.''
Mr Johnson has been banned from Crazy Clarks and Dimmey's, but Mr Gilliland said he was still able to buy it from other stores.
"The public needs to know. He gets $580 a fortnight and he just blows it on paint,'' Mr Gilliland said.
"I'm worried about his health, but no one can help me help him. It's a nightmare and I've had enough and the family's given up on him.