Drugs and alcohol drag down our communities
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.