New Zealand Drug Use
The survey involved 3795 New Zealand's and questioned them about their drug use.
The chart to the left shows us that 70.8 per cent had used illegal drugs in the past, 42.7 per cent had used in the past 12 months, and 13.6 per cent of those surveyed has used drugs in the last month.
On the face of it that may not seem to be an issue, but when 3 per cent of those using had used Meth in the last year, then New Zealand has a serious problem.
3 per cent is 114 people of those surveyed.
Extrapolate that out to 3% of the New Zealand Population of 4.6 million and you have the startling, albeit guesstimate, figure of 138,000 Meth users in the country!
138,000 Meth Users
So its a guesstimate figure, but we are told that meth is now easier to get than weed. Yes, marijuana, cannabis, ganja, doobies, tinnies, whatever you call it is now harder to get than one of the most addictive and insidious drugs available.
And 3% of us are using it.
138,000 New Zealander's using P.
That's the population of Tauranga, or the cities of Napier and Hastings combined.'
Right now, we don't have the facilities, let alone the manpower to cope with that level of epidemic meth drug use. We simply don't, and the Police tell us its getting worse.
As you can see from the chart to the right, meth is not our only problem, but it is the most pervasive and harmful to the environment and health of those around the P users and meth cooks.