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

 


Good parents can help beat the youth drug culture


Good parents can help beat the youth drug culture

National Party Family spokeswoman Judith Collins says pro-active parents are needed to help beat the drug culture that's stealing more and more young Kiwi lives.

"As the family has broken down in our society, good parenting was the first casualty."

She's commenting on new statistics that show the number of anti-depressants being prescribed to those aged between six and 18-years-old has climbed from 14,963 'items dispensed' in 1998, to 24,597 in 2002.

The number of calls to the youth counselling service Youthline has increased five-fold over the same period.

"It's worrying that one of the main reasons for youth depression is reported to be 'youths feeling disconnected from relationships with family and friends'. "The needs of our children are not being met and it's time for parents, both parents, to accept some of the responsibility," Ms Collins says.

"Our children also face rejection and neglect at the hands of a Government that doesn't put any value on the traditional family unit.

"This is a Government that's legalised prostitution, it has been an advocate for female fathers and it took far too long to realise that 'gangs' don't qualify as a family.

"New Zealand needs to reverse that anti-family agenda for the sake of its kids," Ms Collins says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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