Drugs and al­co­hol drag down our com­mu­ni­ties

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Well over half of those ar­rested by the po­lice are un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs and al­co­hol and the so­cial cost is huge.

Ev­ery year hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars that could be in­vested in New Zealand com­mu­ni­ties is be­ing lost to drug and al­co­hol harm.

Po­lice are work­ing hard along­side health part­ners to re­duce the harm caused but this work can only be suc­cess­ful if com­ple­mented by in­di­vid­ual and com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Most re­cently po­lice have wel­comed reg­u­la­tions to the sale and sup­ply of psy­choac­tive sub­stances.

It is now il­le­gal to sell th­ese items in dairies and con­ve­niences stores and il­le­gal to sell to any­one un­der 18. Spe­cial­ist re­tail­ers have to be li­censed in the same way as any­one sell­ing al­co­hol.

Preven­tion is key to tack­ling drug and al­co­hol harm and there is a host of or­gan­i­sa­tions ready to pro­vide help and sup­port.

So don’t let drugs and al­co­hol de­stroy your life, or the life of some­one you care for. Take ac­tion now.

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