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Fight Against P supports Sabin's Report

Fight Against P supports Sabin's Report


NZ's “Fight Against P” organisation comes out in support of Mike Sabin's Report to the Law and Order Select Committee.

The Fight Against P website was created in November 2005 because of the lack of information and support for families affected by methamphetamine use. Our goal is to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine and to offer support to families of Users and recovering addicts. The need for such a resource has been amply demonstrated by the many Contacts we receive from parents desperate for help and advice on what they can do having found themselves in this situation.

When contacting any official agencies parents are told that nothing can be done to stop their children using P – or any other drugs - “until they want to stop”. Anyone who knows anything about the nature of P knows this is not going to happen - until they hit the bottom. And that bottom can be jail or death – theirs or someone else's. No parent wants to wait for that - they need to try and fix the problem. But under this Government's Watch, this isn't possible.

“P” is the skeleton in our nation's cupboard, the elephant in the room that everyone knows is there but no-one wants to talk about. Why? Because no-one wants to admit that the kids they brought up to be good citizens of the world have suddenly turned into monsters, and the first question parents ask themselves is “what did I do wrong?” Therefore the scale of the P problem within NZ is not widely advertised because families aren't publicly owning up to it.

Our success is due largely to the fact that our Contacts can remain anonymous. We can't fix their problem, but we can help them survive it. Many families don't survive – P destroys them.

Mike Sabin's comprehensive Report offers solutions which must be taken on board. We need to be able to intervene in our family members' drug use as soon as possible, before they become irretrievable.

We need our taxes spent on the ambulance at the top of the cliff – better education, intervention and rehabilitation, to save the millions having to be spent at the bottom of the cliff through our clogged up Justice and Corrections systems.

Jim Anderton needs to face up to the fact that his Meth Plan has not worked. His Harm Minimisation Policy which tells us how to use drugs 'safely' must go and be replaced by Harm Elimination and zero tolerance if we are to start making any inroads into the P problem we have today in NZ.


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