The shortage of Kapiti services to support drug users kick their addictions, must be addressed.
That was the consensus of a public forum last night, looking to “lift the curtain” on the impact of drugs on the Kapiti Coast.
The meeting - chaired by Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan and attended by more than 100 people - concluded that it wasn’t just P that was the problem, but all drugs.
The forum heard that Kapiti drug users seeking help can expect to wait for up to six to nine months, to receive support.
The meeting agreed that rather than arresting, convicting or locking-up drug users, more support services and better coordination amongst agencies is required.
The public meeting heard personal testimonies from Emma Makatea and Jessie, who described her experience of living with a partner using P, while trying to raise two children.
Otaki College Principal Andy Fraser told the forum that schools provide a safe haven for children, but teachers need specialised training in how to handle traumatised youngsters.