Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Turia Dallies On Fantasy And Ecstacy

Dr Paul Hutchison National Associate Health Spokesperson

4 December 2001

Turia dallies on fantasy and ecstacy

Lives continue to be put at risk while the Government procrastinates over the reclassification of dangerous designer drugs, National's Associate Health spokesperson Dr Paul Hutchison said today.

"Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia last year proposed to implement rapid classification of designer drugs such as fantasy and ecstacy.

"More than a year later, one death later, and more than 100 admissions to Auckland Hospital later, nothing has happened, despite police and doctors calls for the drugs to be classified as at least Class B drugs.

"Minister Tariana Turia and her Government are not taking the need to reclassify designer drugs seriously.

"By not addressing this serious issue and growing issue of designer drug use, more people are at risk of overdoses. The risk is even higher over summer in particular, the traditional festive and party season.

Last year The Misuse of Drugs Act was changed to provide a mechanism for rapid classification of high risk drugs. Previously, drug dealers could change a drug formula to avoid a designer drug being classified Class A or Class B (very high and high risk). Conviction for dealing in Class B drugs carries a prison term of up to 14 years.

Under the new Act an 'expert committee' recommends to the Minister if a drug should be reclassified. Tariana Turia has the delegated responsibility for illicit drugs.

"I have been urging the Health Select Committee, through the Chairperson Judy Keall, to put pressure on the Minister to act on this issue for over six months.

"Tariana Turia and the Government have simply been dopey over drugs - the whole point of the law change was to have a rapid mechanism but here we are a year later and nothing has happened.

"Illicit drugs are a serious problem. There is no excuse for the Minister to take over one year to implement a change that could have already saved lives," said Dr Hutchison.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news