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Council fed up with lack of action on party pills

Jacqui Dean National Party MP

6 September 2006

Council fed up with lack of action on party pills

National MP Jacqui Dean says local authorities are fed up with Associate Health Minister Jim Anderton's sluggish response to calls for restrictions on the sale of party pills.

She is commenting following Queenstown Lakes District Council's adoption of a draft policy that would mean party pills would no longer be available for sale on licensed premises.

"Jim Anderton has waffled on for months about being strong on party pills. We've had a number of reports and surveys leading to calls for the Government to restrict their sale, but no action," says Mrs Dean.

"It's clear the Queenstown Lakes District Council has had enough and is taking things into its own hands.

"Though I applaud the steps taken by the council, the Government should have acted more quickly." Mrs Dean has been spearheading a campaign to clamp down on the sale of party pills. Her petition to do just that is being considered by Parliament's health select committee.

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