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Enough is Enough Legal Highs Must Go

Enough is Enough Legal Highs Must Go


New Zealand First wants legal highs banned to end the devastation on users and communities and supports today’s national protest against the drugs.

“The Psychoactive Substances Act was the first step in curbing legal highs and now we must push to eradicate it,” says Spokesperson for Social Policy Le’aufa’amulia Asenati Lole-Taylor.

The grassroots protest includes 22 towns from Whangarei to Invercargill.

“Many people think the legal high issue exists only in the big cities, but it’s affecting our regional towns most. Enough is enough let’s clean up the mess.

“Combined with high levels of youth unemployment and limited opportunities in education, legal highs are stripping young people of the futures they deserve. Places like Tokoroa and Whangarei are really struggling.

“It’s encouraging to see so many people working together to protect their communities from these destructive drugs.

“It is clear that addiction is a major threat to families and communities and we must do something to stop it from getting worse.

“The Government cannot ignore the growing voice of those wanting to see an outright ban of legal highs.

“We must acknowledge the commitment of people like rally organiser Julie King, parents and other community leaders for this concerted push to be heard.

“We can make huge progress if the community continues to work together,” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

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