War starts on deadly drug
Tragically six weeks ago Karen Hattaway lost her 16-year-old nephew after he took his own life in Melbourne.
Hattaway had to fly to Australia to bring his body back to New Zealand.
Her nephew died after experimenting with the drug ice, also known as methamphetamine.
Hattaway said he had taken the drug three times.
Suicide after taking the drug had become a ‘‘epidemic’’ in Melbourne and Sydney, she said.
‘‘If it starts going along the same lines [in New Zealand] as in Sydney and Melbourne, we’re in big trouble.’’ ‘‘It’s coming. It’s just when.’’ She wanted to spread the word about how ‘‘shocking and horrendous’’ the drug was and the effect it caused on people’s lives.
She asked the 50 woman who attended a Queenstown Chamber of Commerce morning tea last week to pass the message of how bad the drug was, and never to try it even once, on to one family member or friend.
‘‘You’ll be surprised how close the drug is getting to us . . . It prey’s on the young and vulnerable,’’ she said.
Her next step was to form a foundation, called G Force, to give support to those suffering and wanting help. Support had been flowing in for the cause. ‘‘It’s really neat to see the raw support,’’ she said.
Anyone who was willing to get involved with the foundation was urged to contact Hattaway.