New treatment options for meth users
Meth reduction plan
A new pilot scheme aimed at reducing meth use in Northland kicked off on August 31.
A range of new referral and treatment options for meth users and their whanau will be available across Northland and a team of seven police officers, headed by detective sergeant Renee O’Connell, will hit the beat.
Northland DHB and NZ Police have been funded $3million to deliver the Te Ara Oranga Methamphetamine Demand Reduction strategy pilot. The funding was made available under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act.
The joint venture is trialling an integrated model of police and health activity to reduce meth demand by enhancing treatment services and increasing responsiveness.
Police in Northland are dealing with meth related problems during most shifts. It is associated with crimes such as theft, fraud, poor driving, violence and episodes of family harm.
‘‘We are seeing meth suppliers and high demand users trapped by the addictive nature of the drug, pressured by the gangs and have poly substance abuse,’’ says
‘‘Those of us working in the drug and alcohol treatment sector have been experiencing the impact of methamphetamine increasingly over the past few years.’’ Jenny Freedman
inspector Dean Robinson.
‘‘They turn to illegitimate means to finance their addictions and it’s impacting their partners, children, and wider whanau. We will be working with these people and referring to treatment where at all possible.’’
Meth admissions to Timatanga Hou, Northland DHB’s detox unit, are now second only to alcohol and meth has become the second or third most common reason for referral to DHB Drug and Alcohol services in Tai Tokerau.
In October, the NDHB will trial a number of machines which will support the emergency departments to make a quicker, $3m funding for Northland Better treatment
Better police response
more accurate diagnosis of those presenting with drug use. A new screen tool has also be developed for GPs.
‘‘Those of us working in the drug and alcohol treatment sector have been experiencing the impact of methamphetamine increasingly over the past few years,’’ says clinical psychologist Jenny Freedman.