Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Focus now must go on 'legal high' addicts

Focus now must go on 'legal high' addicts

Manurewa Civic Leaders are saying that the focus must now go on 'legal high' addicts as the products are set to come off the shelf from tomorrow. The Government passed under urgency yesterday the Psychoactive Substances Act Amendment Bill to take all current Approved Products off the shelf until they can be proved to be of a 'low risk'.

Angela Dalton, the Chair of the Manurewa Local Board says her concern remains on those who are addicted to 'legal highs' and ensuring that they have the support needed to come off these products without the need to transfer to something harder.

"The quick exit of these products was always going to have a number of unintended consequences. We need to prepare the best we can to support the users of these substances as they come off them." Says Ms Dalton.

“We will be working to support addiction services, the police, and other agencies in our communities as they deal with the consequences of today's law change, I am looking to the DHB for some leadership in this area”

“Just because the Government is changing the law, doesn’t mean we can be complacent. People addicted to these substances may move to other illegal substances, and the synthetic cannabis industry could now move underground. These will present a range of issues to our community, and the priority must be to continue to support those who are most vulnerable.”

Manurewa Local Board Deputy-Chair Simeon Brown says he is looking forward to the substances coming off the shelves tomorrow, and says the Board will be continuing to advocate for Auckland Council to put in place a Local Approved Products Policy for these substances.

“The question is not if, but when, these substances come back in some other form, and gain approval to be sold once again on our streets in Approved Product retailers premises.” Says Mr Brown.

“We need to continue to work to ensure Auckland Council puts in place a Local Approved Product Policies as soon as possible to dictate where these products should be sold, and where they can’t, and the Government needs to continue work on the Psychoactive Substances Regulations.”

ENDS

© 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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news