It seems we are on the way to take out the OECD prize for meth heads

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There are concerns New Zealand’s facing a methamphetamine epidemic, with claims it’s becoming cheaper than alcohol.

Rosemary Reece-Morgan is 17 years sober but she still calls herself a recovering drug addict. She now runs The Retreat treatment clinic in south Auckland.

“We have reached epidemic proportions, we have serious problems with methamphetamine right now.”

She says the number of people needing help for meth addiction has shot through the roof in the past six months, and users are telling her it’s almost cheaper to get on the pipe than it is to drink alcohol.

“If you’re looking at a little bag, a point, a hundred dollars of methamphetamine, if you look at that you can break that down into four pipes. That goes a lot longer than a bottle of Jack Daniels.”

Police and Customs seized three times more meth last year than in any other year, and reports show it’s easier to access than ever — more easy to get hold of than cannabis — and sources have told Newshub more and more drug users are switching to meth.

That has Police Commissioner Mike Bush worried.

“We’re almost at the end of our cannabis operation, so we’re having and impact there, but I’m very concerned about the availability of methamphetamine right throughout New Zealand.”

The market is flooded with the stuff, so there is obviously a glut of precursors kicking around the country.  Either the police are getting fooled, or this is all in the too hard basket.

One thing that is hard to understand is that for all the harm that Marijuana does, and you compare the effort that goes into policing that, and the harm that Meth does, and you look at the effort that goes into that, and you add to that nobody ever overdosed on Marijuana, it’s all getting kinda weird.

Better to have cheap marijuana kicking around instead of cheap meth.

 

– Lucy Warhurst, Newshub


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