Legal highs un­der close scrutiny

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

There is a wide va­ri­ety of sup­port ser­vices avail­able for peo­ple in need of help, in­clud­ing Starfish So­cial Ser­vices.

Mr Preb­ble said par­ents needed to be very care­ful with their chil­dren and ask them about it hon­estly.

‘‘If you are con­cerned about your chil­dren, it might be a good idea to get some help, take some ac­tion.’’

Epilepsy New Zealand warned that syn­thetic cannabis could have po­ten­tially se­ri­ous con­se­quences as it might in­ter­act with anti-el­lip­tic pre­scrip­tion medicine.

The New Zealand Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion sup­ported the gov­ern­ment ban on syn­thetic cannabis prod­ucts and called for tougher leg­is­la­tion on the prod­ucts.

Fo­cus on syn­thetic cannabis is an op­por­tu­nity to re­view wider prob­lems of drug and al­co­hol abuse in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The il­le­gal cannabis is a far big­ger prob­lem than this and al­co­hol, which is a legal drug, is far more se­ri­ous.

‘‘If we made this sort of fuss about al­co­hol, we might get some ac­tion,’’ Mr Preb­ble said.

Not wanted: There is no place for syn­thetic cannabis in a place like Mata­mata, says Se­nior Sergeant Rod Carpin­ter.

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