Parliament

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

 

Drug culture: No room for mixed message

23 July 2002

Drug culture: No room for mixed message

At the opening of a new Customs facility in Mangere, Jim Anderton reinforced The Progressive Coalition’s anti-drug stance.

“I’m appalled by the mixed messages on drugs by one of the parties that claims to want to be part of the government after Saturday’s election.

“In my view there is no room for mixed messages on the use of drugs. This includes marijuana use by young New Zealanders. Taken together with a culture of alcohol use, the difficult period of adolescence, and also mixed with the use of cars, which are in themselves lethal weapons, the result is a lethal cocktail which all too often has disastrous consequences.

“There is no room for equivocation on drug use, whether it be marijuana, so-called party drugs, or alcohol. Whatever is dangerous must be opposed by all responsible community representatives.

“Simply stating that we are anti-drugs is one of the most important things The Progressive Coalition can do.

“Drugs are fashionable. The Greens know this and play on the “coolness factor’ of having a prominent MP who at best gives a relaxed impression of the use of marijuana.

“As a result, kids think that smoking marijuana makes you a hero.

“We don’t care if we’re out of step with what’s happening at dance parties. We’re not afraid to tell it like it is.

“Drugs are closely linked with our high youth suicide rate as well as being a prime motivator for crime.”

Quoting from recent reports, Jim Anderton pointed out the high cost of drug use among New Zealand youth.

- Figures issued by the Health Ministry show admissions for drug psychosis rose more than 140 per cent during the last decade, from 131 in 1990 to 318 in 1998/99

- Patients aged between 15 and 24 account for more than 35 per cent of admissions

- Children as young as 10 are becoming addicted to cannabis

- Earlier this year, three 12-year-old boys arrived at a North Island primary school stoned. Only a few weeks ago, three 12-year-old girls were caught with cannabis at the same school. One was trying to sell it.

“This is a tragedy. It is indicative of the tacit approval of drugs being shown by at least one political party. Kids see that marijuana is “no big deal,’ so why shouldn’t they try harder drugs like ecstasy, speed and fantasy as well?

“The main priority is to change the attitudes that make drug use acceptable.

“The Progressive Coalition is committed to implementing an across-the-board anti-drugs strategy as part of the next government.”

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>

 
 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels