FROM THE EDITOR

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - Daniel Hutchin­son

Ad­dic­tion is a dis­ease all on its own.

Plenty of peo­ple have it to vary­ing de­grees. It is sim­ply some­thing that does harm - a lot of harm judg­ing by to­day’s P1, 5 and 6 pack­age.

Some hide their dis­ease well, oth­ers have a mild dose. Some don’t suf­fer any vices at all. But for many, it de­stroys them.

All around our re­gion, so­cial agen­cies, po­lice and or­di­nary, ev­ery­day peo­ple are telling sto­ries about what the lat­est life-steal­ing sub­stances are do­ing.

Metham­phetamine, syn­thetic cannabis and all the other du­bi­ous chem­i­cal con­coc­tions out there are clearly hav­ing a pro­found ef­fect on our peo­ple.

Par­ents, sib­lings, friends and part­ners are watch­ing a real life hor­ror show as these drugs ruin their peo­ple.

With­out ad­dic­tion, those we of­ten pity for their pain or even de­spise for their crimes, would be per­fectly func­tion­ing hu­man be­ings with jobs, hob­bies and nor­mal re­la­tion­ships.

We shouldn’t give up on this. NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Daniel Hutchin­son, daniel.hutchin­son@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; 027 809 6854. SE­NIOR RE­PORTER: Luke Kirkeby, 027 204 2913, luke.kirkeby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. SALES MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Ganz, 027 204 2920, an­to­nio.ganz@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz SE­NIOR SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Matt Holmes, 027 807 4632, matt.holmes@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, CLASSIFIEDS: 0800 800 373 swn@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz or Lynda 07 888 7011, MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 339 000, DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: south­waika­tonews.co.nz. FACE­BOOK: face­book.com/south­waika­tonews. DIS­PLAY AD DEAD­LINES: 4pm Thurs­day. AD­DRESS: 45 Heuheu St, Taupo or PO Box 205, Taupo

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