Parliament

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

 

Parliament Must Stop access to Ecstacy-type Drugs


Parliament Must Act to Stop Easy Access to Ecstasy-like Drugs

ACT health spokesman Heather Roy wants Parliament's Health Select Committee to investigate the sale of Ecstasy-like drugs by Auckland's Hemp Store, which is part-owned by Green MP Nandor Tanczos.

"I have written today to the select committee chairwoman, Steve Chadwick, expressing my concern about the sale of these substances, particularly an Ecstasy-like drug called Exodus, which is sold to produce what Mr Tanczos describes as `a legal high'.

"I'm particularly concerned that Mr Tanczos has been promoting Exodus as an `energy supplement' and has stated on National Radio that he uses Exodus to boost his energy levels.

"Mr Tanczos is in a position of responsibility and young people look to him as a role model. For an MP to be associated with selling chemicals used in the party drug scene is unacceptable.

"I'm also concerned that the Greens' co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons, is supporting Mr Tanczos, saying that these substances are legal at present. I believe it not so much that they are legal but that they have not yet become illegal, because they are new to the drug scene.

"Exodus contains Benzylpiperazine (BZP) and Trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP) which the United States Drug Enforcement Administration has recently emergency-scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act.

"Also for sale in the Hemp Store is the Speed substitute, Frenzy, which also contains BZP. Other capsules in Mr Tanczos' shop include B4E, After E and 5 HT , which are taken to enhance the effects of Ecstasy.

"Newspaper reports have said that the selling of these chemicals is of grave concern to the Ministry of Health.

"I am asking the Health Select Committee to seriously consider this matter. For the protection of our young people it is important that we act quickly to minimise the effects of easy access to these drugs," Mrs Roy said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government…

In fact, the polls suggest that the public seems to quite like the new government, its Prime Minister, and its proposed plan of action. Somehow, even though a Labour/Greens/NZ First government is in power, the sun is still rising and setting, on time. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Saying ‘Work For The Dole,’ Nicely

As New Zealand First learned the hard way from its two previous periods in government, small parties in MMP coalitions get blamed for the unpopular stuff done by their senior partner in power, but no one remembers the good stuff the junior player brought to the table... More>>

ALSO:

Seismic Blasting: Greenpeace Launches Legal Challenge Against Amazon Warrior

A legal challenge against the world’s largest seismic oil exploration ship was launched at a public rally on Parliament Lawn. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: 80,000 People Eligible For Fees Free

The Government has today made good on its 100-day promise of delivering the first year of fees-free post school training and education and industry training from 1 January next year, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Rebuilding Cathedrals, Felling Trees

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attended the press conference today with Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods to announce urgent legislation this week for the rebuilding of the Christ Church Cathedral. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages