Community urged to help minimise harm of methamphetamine

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The damage caused by methamphetamine doesn't end at those who consume it.

That's the word from Whakatane Police.

It comes following the launch of the national wastewater testing scheme, which has found an average of 16 kilograms of meth is consumed a week -- with those who sell it profiting by about 9.6 million dollars a week.

As part of the scheme wastewater at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga City, Whakatane, Rotorua and Taupo was tested.

It’s showed just over 800mg of meth was consumed per 1000 people in the cities per day -- with the Bay of Plenty featuring as the third highest region for consumption per capita.

Community Constable Spike Dickey says we all suffer from the industry.

“It’s estimated this industry costs New Zealand about 20-million dollars in harm a week.

“We have a problem, New Zealand has a problem, and Bay of Plenty in particular is up there leading the stakes.”

He says we can all play a role in helping to minimise the social harm caused by the drug.

“If you have any information on methamphetamine dealing, contact the local police station, use the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline - do whatever you have to do.

“Let’s try to eliminate the use of this drug because it’s a scourge on society and it’s not doing any of us any favours.”

Sam Gardner