First an anecdote. Last week a friend’s 28 year old son stole her credit card and ran up a few thousand on it. The same young man who in the middle of August approached a mental health service saying he wants and needs help with his drug addiction. He was told he would be assessed on 25 September. Anyone else see the potential problem with this?
He received a text about the dead body found in the Waimakariri last weekend. He told my friend, before it made the news that the guy was shot in the head. He is scared this will be him. He is wanted for skipping bail. He returned to Court on Tuesday and has been bailed to his parents house. They are frightened of him. Two nights ago he held his mother against a wall by her throat. Did imention he sought help?
IF he has no drugs in the house, he will go into withdrawal. Then what? His parents work so he is home alone, so he can presumably get drugs and let anyone into the house during the day. Then what? He has told his parents the only other option he sees from drugs is suicide.
He sought help of his own volition and was told he could be assessed in 6 weeks time. Since being told that, he has stolen over $15,000 from his parents and discovered an “associate” has been murdered.
Please listen to this interview, with someone who knows, about the 50,000 drug addicts who currently want help but cannot get it. The Government yesterday with a strange election promise, proposed adding to this number with NO detail on the structures needed to do it. Labour is also scant on detail around this issue.
Green Party (much more specific)
Mana Party (detail )
This government will know that 50,000 people already want help with drug addiction but cannot get it. They have had 9 years to give a shit. This is a health issue, first and foremost, and a mental health issue.