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

 

The Drug User and The Solution: both no-brainer's

the Government's 100 Day Plan puts 'criminal gangs and drug trade' on its priority list. Using P is as safe as playing Russian Roulette. The ONLY safe way to reduce its harm is NOT TO USE IT.

--

Media Release:

25th November 2008

The Drug User and The Solution: both no-brainer's

The Hon. Judith Collins opened the National Chemical Diverson Congress on Tuesday with a speech which gives great hope to those fighting for intervention in drug use in NZ.

Ms Collins stated that she recognises that taking drugs such as P is a choice that affects the whole of the community. It destroys the life of the User, their parents and siblings, their children and the victims of whatever crime they resort to in order to fund their drug habit.

She recognises that P users aren't necessarily the scum of the earth – but that they're vulnerable people from all parts of society - and tells us that the Government's 100 Day Plan puts 'criminal gangs and drug trade' on its priority list.

Sensible Sentencing Spokesperson on Drug Issues, Christine Davey, agrees that this must be a priority – but so also must be consideration of intervention in the drug use of these vulnerable people, in order to stop the devastation to the parents, siblings, children and victims of crime.

Ms Collins tells us that “the Illicit Drug Strategy to 2010, which is reaching completion, focuses on a three-pronged approach: reducing supply, reducing demand, and reducing harm.

Ms Davey has long campaigned against the former Government's Harm Minimisation Policy which tell us how to use illicit drugs “safely”. Using P is as safe as playing Russian Roulette. The ONLY safe way to reduce its harm is NOT TO USE IT.

On the harm-reduction side of the three-pronged approach, Ms Collins tells us that UK Police are able to refer arrestees directly to drug treatment as a form of diversion.

Ms Davey asks “why wait till they've had to be arrested for another crime? Using P is already a crime. These vulnerable people need to be saved from themselves.

The National Committee for Addiction Treatment has recently revealed that research shows that “coercive treatment is as effective as voluntary treatment”. “P” users aren't capable of deciding to stop – therefore we must take that decision for them.

Ms Davey welcomes the inclusion of the “Drug Trade” in the 100-day Plan. But she respectfully suggests that intervention at family request must be included in this debate, as this would obviously help achieve the objectives of breaking the cycle of drug use and thereby eliminating the demand and the associated crime.

What's the difference between a drug user and the solution?

Nothing. They're both no-brainer's.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Criminalising Of Rap Music


For black youth in America, there can be only three ways out of the ghetto: athletics, music or drug dealing. And for every individual who succeeds in making it out, dozens more attach themselves to their celebrity crews in order to bask in the reflected glory, and partake of the lifestyle. And what rap musician can afford to turn their back entirely on the ‘hood, when staying street and staying real is what their audience demands of them..?
More>>



 
 


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Australian Election: Prime Minister Congratulates Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election, and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison... More>>



Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>


Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels