New Police Minister needs new attitude to illicit drug use

Published: Mon 20 Feb 2012 11:44 AM
New Police Minister needs new attitude to illicit drug use
Christine Davey, Sensible Sentencing's Spokesperson on Drug issues, notes that our new Police Minister, Anne Tolley, has congratulated the Police after significant, recent drugs busts, and is already trotting out the same rhetoric as her predecessor - “The Government will not tolerate methamphetamine in our communities.”
Ms Tolley needs it pointed out to her that concentrating on ridding our communities of P Manufacturers and Dealers is not enough; that as long as this Government allows P users to continue their illicit habit until they decide they want help to stop (which is why the Manufacturers and Dealers will continue to exist) - is, in fact, tolerating methamphetamine in our communities.
Ms Davey urges Ms Tolley to stop trying to empty the ocean with a very expensive sieve, and to start encouraging the Government to deal with the Demand for P by allowing families access to the support they need to get their family members in Treatment, and to start breaking this cycle.
The National Committee for Addiction Treatment says “research indicates that coerced treatment is as effective as 'voluntary' treatment” - so what are we waiting for?
Only then will progress be made in this never-ending war on P.
Christine Davey
Sensible Sentencing Spokesperson on Drug Issues
Christine Davey has first hand experience of P use in her family, and also supports many other NZ parents in her role as Administrator on the Fight Against P website
Through the Sensible Sentencing Trust Christine is campaigning for intervention in drug use at family request and removal of children from the care of known drug-users.

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