31 Aug 2017

New approach to fighting P launched in Northland

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 31 August 2017

The three million dollar Te Ara Oranga methamphetamine demand reduction strategy pilot is being launched by Northland DHB and NZ Police this morning. The plan is to dedicate seven police officers to stemming the flow of methamphetamine supply, and to refer users and whanau to health services as a first priority. P admissions to Northland DHB's detox unit are now second only to alcohol, and methamphetamine has become the second or third most common reason for referral to DHB Drug and Alcohol services in Tai Tokerau. Dr Nick Chamberlin is CEO of Northland DHB. A video has been produced to support the strategy.