Metham­phetamine cheaper than ever

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Metham­phetamine is nearly half the price it was in 2016, ac­cord­ing to the peo­ple de­ter­mined to stamp it out.

Welling­ton and Porirua drug coun­sel­lor, and for­mer ad­dict, An­drew Hop­good said anec­do­tally that a gram of metham­phetamine now costs $450, down from $850 a year ear­lier and it was eas­ier to get than ever.

‘‘It’s eas­ier to get meth than weed and it’s get­ting cheaper and cheaper.

‘‘It’s be­cause there’s more of it around and more of it com­ing into the coun­try.’’

Next month, New Zealand ‘P’ Pull - a group of ex-ad­dicts and health care work­ers - plan to launch a Porirua cam­paign to high­light what they say is New Zealand’s biggest prob­lem.

Spear­headed by Mon­grel Mob­ster, Den­nis Makalio, the cam­paign called for more aware­ness and pre­ven­tion around the drug.

‘‘It’s called MARCH which stands for meth, ad­dic­tion, re­cov­ery, com­pas­sion and health.

‘‘We have all the ad­ver­tis­ing about cig­a­rettes but there’s nothing about meth,’’ Makalio said.

‘‘If you get rid of meth you get rid of crime, vi­o­lence, poverty and sui­cide. It’s all caused by meth.’’

He said the Porirua ini­tia­tive would lead the way for other towns and cities to put metham­phetamine firmly in the spot­light.

‘‘It’s elec­tion year and we’re sick of no govern­ment par­ties talk­ing about fund­ing pre­ven­tion. ‘‘We want peo­ple to say they’ll vote for it which will make the govern­ment lis­ten.’’

Anti-meth ad­ver­tis­ing should be a pri­or­ity for the govern­ment, he said.

‘‘We want to make peo­ple aware of the evil they’re about to put in their mouth.’’

A po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed metham­phetamine sup­ply had in­creased in New Zealand but wouldn’t com­ment on claims of half-price meth.

‘‘Price can fluc­tu­ate for many rea­sons, and as such it would not be ap­pro­pri­ate for po­lice to com­ment on that specif­i­cally.’’

Porirua mayor Mike Tana said he was im­pressed with the work be­ing done by the group and would help where he could.

‘‘I’m re­ally keen to sup­port any is­sue that will take the harm out of my com­mu­nity.’’

* The Meth MARCH will be held at Akupuanga Hall, Can­nons Creek, Porirua, March 24. First speaker at noon.

PHOTO: VIR­GINIA FAL­LON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Mem­bers of NZ ‘P’ Pull, a group work­ing to help meth ad­dicts and raise aware­ness of the drug.

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