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

 


Blumsky's plan to address substance abuse

12 April 2006

Mark Blumsky National Party MP

Blumsky's plan to address substance abuse on streets

National MP Mark Blumsky today announced his intention to develop a voluntary code of practice for New Zealand retailers aimed at reducing the sale of intoxicants and volatile substance to abusers of those drugs.

The code would cover the sale of products such as methylated spirits, aerosols, solvents, glues and gases.

"By preventing the sale of these products to abusers, we hope to reduce the amount of substance abuse in our communities and on our streets," says Mr Blumsky.

"I have researched how other jurisdictions have addressed this issue. The code will be modeled on successful codes which are in force in places such as Brisbane, Western Australia, Victoria, and Townsville."

Brisbane City Council's Retailer Code of Practice was developed in partnership with retail associations, community agencies, and local and state government, and provides resources to help retailers:

* Identify products that may be misused. * Display and sell products in a way that is less attractive to substance abusers. * Identify potential users.

"This is the model I want to see adapted for New Zealand," says Mr Blumsky. "It will be important to work with central and local government as well as retailers to finalise the details and funding. The New Zealand Retailers Association have given me their full support, and are now very committed to help push this initiative through stores.

"I sent a letter to Jim Anderton asking for advice on the best way to involve Government and to help with funding for the Code of Practice kit. He has passed my letter to officials and asked that they consider my proposal as part of Government action in this area.

"I recognise that the code is only a first step in addressing a complicated problem. Though it should help to reduce the easy availability of these products, we will also need to address demand, enforcement and treatment issues. I am committed to that," says Mr Blumsky.

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