Drug treatment services struggling to cope with rising meth use: Expert

Author
Michael Sergel,
Publish Date
Tue, 13 Mar 2018, 7:27AM
A new study says that meth is now easier to find in New Zealand than cannabis. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Drug treatment services struggling to cope with rising meth use: Expert

Author
Michael Sergel,
Publish Date
Tue, 13 Mar 2018, 7:27AM

A drug expert says methamphetamine is becoming far too easy to find in small-town New Zealand, and there aren't enough drug treatment services to cope.

A new study from Massey University suggests people are finding it easier to get hold of a point of meth, than a tinny of cannabis.

Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell says it's hard to draw a national conclusion but it is clear some small towns are being flooded with P.

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He told Kate Hawkesby the study provides anecdotal evidence that meth is becoming more available in provincial centres.

"The worrying thing for us is that these reports are coming from parts of the country where there are inadequate health services to cope."

Bell says one good example is Northland, where half a tonne of meth washed up on a beach.

"It's a community that is impoverished, that meth use has been increasing and there has been inadequate health services."

LISTEN ABOVE AS ROSS BELL SPEAKS WITH KATE HAWKESBY

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