War starts on deadly drug

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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