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No methamphetamine rehab available in Gisborne

No methamphetamine rehab available in Gisborne

Sorry Gisbornites, you'll have to go out of town for rehab.

There is a chronic shortage of help to address the harm caused by methamphetamine use in Gisborne and an overwhelming need for a rehabilitation service here, new research says. A survey conducted by Ka Pai Kaiti and an addiction services review across the health sector raises the alarm that urgent action needs to be taken.

Community worker Tuta Ngarimu said out of the 1400 households surveyed, 900 in Kaiti and 500 on the East Coast, three-quarters of households said they believed there was a problem around methamphetamine use in the community they live in and thought there needed to be a rehabilitation facility here in Gisborne.

“Nothing is being done. There are no rehabilitation facilities here. People in Gisborne are referred out of the district to Rotorua or the Hawke’s Bay, and that can stop them seeking help.”

A new support group is starting on Thursday May 25 at the Ka Pai Kaiti Hub, which is for whanau and families living with somebody affected by P.

“We want to offer a safe space so that anyone in the community who is living with somebody at the moment who is addicted, or coming off methamphetamine can attend and get support. It’s for those grandparents caring for the kids because the parents are using . . . it’s a get-together for whanau. A focus of our weekly meetings will be to get some sort of rehabilitation services here.”

Mr Ngarimu said P was the easiest drug to get addicted to and the hardest drug to come off. It was easier to get hold of than cannabis and cash did not necessarily change hands.

“There’s a bartering system that operates. Every district has it’s own high-end black-market. Here it’s in crayfish and paua. Up north it’s oysters.”

Community Mental Health and Addictions service manager Cilla Allen said an addiction services review across the sector completed at the end of last year showed a need for some form of social detox facility here in Gisborne.

“I just hope the recommendation is actioned.”

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon was solicited on the street outside the China Palace restaurant, according to TVNZ’s Marae programme.

“I was asked ‘do you want a shot mate?’ and was blown away,” he said.

Inspector Sam Aberahama said he has seen a notable rise in family violence as a result of methamphetamine use in the community, and he worries for his officers dealing with the fallout of P use.

“Is it out there still? Is it prevalent? Hell yes,” he said. “There is a need for a better wraparound service to take people through the horrendous journey they are on.”

Gisborne mother and grandmother Venus Hongara was interviewed on the programme and said she had witnessed first-hand children who were once well cared for now being neglected.

Two addiction counsellors will attend the meetings and be able to offer practical advice to those family members searching for information and help.

The meetings will take place every Thursday from 12 to 2pm in Kaiti.

There is a chronic shortage of help to address the harm caused by methamphetamine use in Gisborne and an overwhelming need for a rehabilitation service here, new research says. A survey conducted by Ka Pai Kaiti and an addiction services review across the health sector raises the alarm that urgent action needs to be taken.

Community worker Tuta Ngarimu said out of the 1400 households surveyed, 900 in Kaiti and 500 on the East Coast, three-quarters of households said they believed there was a problem around methamphetamine use in the community they live in and thought there needed to be a rehabilitation facility here in Gisborne.

“Nothing is being done. There are no rehabilitation facilities here. People in Gisborne are referred out of the district to Rotorua or the Hawke’s Bay, and that can stop them seeking help.”

A new support group is starting on Thursday May 25 at the Ka Pai Kaiti Hub, which is for whanau and families living with somebody affected by P.

“We want to offer a safe space so that anyone in the community who is living with somebody at the moment who is addicted, or coming off methamphetamine can attend and get support. It’s for those grandparents caring for the kids because the parents are using . . . it’s a get-together for whanau. A focus of our weekly meetings will be to get some sort of rehabilitation services here.”

Mr Ngarimu said P was the easiest drug to get addicted to and the hardest drug to come off. It was easier to get hold of than cannabis and cash did not necessarily change hands.

“There’s a bartering system that operates. Every district has it’s own high-end black-market. Here it’s in crayfish and paua. Up north it’s oysters.”

Community Mental Health and Addictions service manager Cilla Allen said an addiction services review across the sector completed at the end of last year showed a need for some form of social detox facility here in Gisborne.

“I just hope the recommendation is actioned.”

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon was solicited on the street outside the China Palace restaurant, according to TVNZ’s Marae programme.

“I was asked ‘do you want a shot mate?’ and was blown away,” he said.

Inspector Sam Aberahama said he has seen a notable rise in family violence as a result of methamphetamine use in the community, and he worries for his officers dealing with the fallout of P use.

“Is it out there still? Is it prevalent? Hell yes,” he said. “There is a need for a better wraparound service to take people through the horrendous journey they are on.”

Gisborne mother and grandmother Venus Hongara was interviewed on the programme and said she had witnessed first-hand children who were once well cared for now being neglected.

Two addiction counsellors will attend the meetings and be able to offer practical advice to those family members searching for information and help.

The meetings will take place every Thursday from 12 to 2pm in Kaiti.

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