A personal story from a recovered meth addict will be included in one of two events being hosted in Eastern Southland.
Gore District Council social capacity and health co-ordinator Bernadette Hunt said the two meth awareness community information sessions were being organised by the Community Resilience Working Group and supported and funded by Safe in the South.
“[The focus is to] raise awareness about meth in this community and the challenges it brings to this community,” Mrs Hunt said.
Those organising the sessions were keen to hear what services and support was needed, she said.
The decision to host the two sessions came from a growing concern about the increasing prevalence of methamphetamine use in the immediate community as well as throughout Southland, and the range of issues the drug brought with it, Mrs Hunt said.
“In October the [Gore District] council voted to support the development of the working group and committed to joining ICC and SDC in the Safe in the South initiative. “The working group has since met twice, and the first initiative to stem from it is these information sessions to build awareness and get feedback from the community,” she said.
Mataura Community Board chairman Alan Taylor urged people to attend the sessions where the growing problem of meth use was to be discussed.
“It’s not just in our town, it’s up and down the country,” he said.
The session would give people an opportunity to become informed of the repercussions of using the drug and its prevalence.
“The thing is, if we do nothing we are just accepting the status quo.”
The first meth seminar is a session for employers and landlords from 1.30pm to 4pm at the James Cumming Wing, Ardwick St, Gore next Wednesday.
Topics covered will include meth and its effects, including the local impact.
Police will also give information on the drug.
Lawyer Janet Copeland will speak about employment law and drug testing.
Sgt Dan’s Stockfoods manager Daryl Moyles will give an employer’s perspective.
A property owner’s experience.
There will also be general discussion and question time.
Being vigilant .Community Resilience Working Group members Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks and Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Gore, are among those organising two meth awareness seminars. PHOTO: SUPPLIED MARGARET.PHILLIPS
The second session will be held at the Mataura Community Centre from 6.45pm to 9pm next Wednesday.
Topics include information about meth and its effects, including input from police.
There will be a personal story from a recovered addict.
A Southern District Health Board representative will talk about health implications, including the local impact, what to look out for and the support available.