Legal highs under close scrutiny
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.