the discomfit zone
Dunne squirms on Campbell Live in Naenae - and he says he hates the shopping centre that someone else has just said has been ruined by the 'highs' shop - just another adverse reaction...
Graham Norton doing an infomercial about Kiwi wine.
I know, a crushing metaphor.....
I'm still waiting for them to acknowledge that The Graham Norton Show is a TV3 property - transparency cuts through all things Mr Campbell.
Based on that a savvy 'Highs' manufacturer would be looking for a celebrity tie-in, and donating half the profits to TV3's Greta Garbo Home For Wayward Boys and Girls, or some such...
Then Campbell live moved on to Graham Norton doing an infomercial about Kiwi wine.
Wow, true. It's so normalized I didn't even notice the juxtaposition. I'm about to go out on the town, will see if I can find any people acting as "disgracefully" as the guy who was stoned and drunk (he seemed more drunk than stoned). My bet is that it will take me about 1 minute to find some on K Road. But it's Friday night, and getting wasted is a national institution.
Loved the guy who said it got him off the bud. When asked which he'd rather have - "Bud". Instant. Cause Bud is better. Even Peter Dunne knows that, cause he had Bud himself but wouldn't touch legal highs.
I'll drink to that!
Cause Bud is better.
Even Peter Dunne knows that
Why can't Dunne see the tax implications?
Didn't he used to be Minister of Revenue?
On the evidence tonight
Give the people what they want
less random factors
and take the tax
what does the pharmacological levy accrue at the moment?
and from alcohol / tobacco?
marijuana as :
Levytation - Let the Good Tithes Roll!
Fiscal EXcises - Recharge your imagination...
Duty Calls - The Customs always right
Green Fee - Bunker down for the afternoon..
I tell you...
light years ahead....of course wee darlings
Interim product approvals
re: The UK toxocologist John Ramsey “has spent decades collecting more than 27,000 samples of narcotics” etc (www.theguardian,com/society/2013/apr/26/hidden-dangers-of-legal-highs)..
Thanks, that is the article I was looking for. When I first read it I was amazed at the size of Ramsey's project and its value as a data base in detailing the geography of synthetics. We (society) need this info.
re: a great service called Check It.
I checked it, it looks amazing. This is what we need in NZ. Please someone make it happen...
At the moment we have so little medical info and we are wasting info by not analysing, archiving and disseminating info to both users and health professionals.
I speak from experience. Some yrs ago my son had a number of very unpleasant overdose experiences with phenazepham, its a benzo / pure powder, he was using it to make kronic type blends but ended up using the powder on its own.
I had to google info at the hospital A & E desk to show the medical team because they hadn't even heard of synthetic marijuana at that point. They couldn't relate to what I was showing them.
The same thing happened last yr with synthetic LSD. Health professionals looked back at me and spoke slowly ' you know LSD is naturally synthetic'.
Again, they had no official or otherwise info on NBOMe or any other such synthetics.
Matt died 3 wks later.
It was suicide but where synthetics a contributing factor?
I offered his leftover hoard to the coroners office for testing / making medical data available to others. The response was its not worth it, we'll only bin it.
So sorry to hear your story about Matt. I always wondered if my teenage son was going to reach 20 and that was just in the years of beer and marijuana through school, and assorted risky teenage behaviour. There is money about for NGOs. Perhaps this is what the Drug Foundation could raise funds for through the universities as the Neurological Foundation supports a Professorship in Auckland I believe. Though one would think the Poisons Centre would be providing analytical services and not just "advice" as it appears to do. My primary experience is in Australia where I taught in a course on evidence based medicine ("Critical Appraisal") to mid-course medical students for a decade a while back .. and in the UK where I have been doing similar things on research proposals for the NHS which, despite crying poor, has a substantial research fund. They are always looking for projects; I'll try to contact Dr Ramsey to see where they get support from - if any. Looks a cash-strapped project.
Could “time” be the variant. As is with addiction for other drugs. For most drugs it’s over time that dependence occurs.
Whether addiction is inherent in the substances themselves or specific to individual constitutions should most probably feature in this discussion.
In 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 1.6 percent) had used heroin at least once in their lives. It is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.
Various findings here and here seem inclined to attribute dependence to subjective and collective misery, poverty and general hopelessness. Issues far beyond the mandate of the Ministry of Health, perhaps taxation could be a contributing factor Ian, perhaps over-regulation*.
Looking objectively at a situation where people are driven en masse to expose our own machinery to unknown and untested substances with flagrant disregard for the consequences/ damage and /or a desire to facilitate these effects: The willingness to apportion blame on the substances or the users themselves rather than working wholeheartedly to change the controlled conditions (society) in which these choices are made, doesn’t seem far removed from the case of the dependent user for whom these chemicals likewise serve as a crutch and means to obfuscate the underlying problem.
Psychologists call it "avoidance" - see a lot of it on this thread. Happy to be proved wrong. I would suggest "addiction" is a physiological problem and not just habituation to soothing "addictive" substances.
Thanks Taslov. Interesting that marijuana is a most popular choice. No shit Sherlock ;) I guess we humans can be a sensible lot if you compare those statistics. Looks like we choose one of the least harmful on the body out of the range looked at there. Plus those surveys also indicate it's not going away whereas some other chemical highs are decreasing. That young people's use goes up as risk perception goes down. Must go look to see if I can find stats on how the state of the Nation's wallet/household/financial Crisis, effects choice of drug. Do people chill or speed up as finances fall?
Lawless bud substitute...
Watching Dunne do the 'avoid dance' on Campbell Live was just as 'extraordinarily depressing' as he said he found the whole shopping centre - the 'pretty unsavoury' (to use Dunne's words again) state of which was roundly placed, by locals, on the existence of the Highs shop and its customers ...
I feel Dunne equivocates when he says Councils came to Government for the power to do something about these shops - A need due to the vacuum of real leadership on the issue at a Government level...
He effectively blames the 'legally lost' souls for their weakness - sorry Peter but not everyone has your steely self control - and those are the people laws are supposed to protect aren't they?
His kneejerk 'cyanide' analogy is risible, and speaks volumes about his disengagement from reality.
I guess there's a Highs shop in the Ohariu Electorate
- with that kind of foot traffic maybe it could be a polling booth!
A hard case study...
Back in the '70s in Chchch many young people were seduced by this dreadful drug 'Mary Jane' or 'Pot' (often mixed with the more prevalent and debilitating alcohol) - sneaking out on to the fire escape of the Upstairs Common Room, the parking lot at The Gresham or in squalid flats near the faux -gothic university... in some cases making habits (and friends) for life...
Some tried it, but didn't enjoy it, in some instances because they had already had gateway experiences of stronger stuff - something we will simply call P - an alarming scourge the consequences of which still reverberate to this day!
Enabled by a complicit University, otherwise solid students, once given a taste, were forced to beg in public for P - some even shamelessly taking ads or writing columns in student papers to support and progress their habit.
It is unlikely the current Government has the stomach, or will, to address the problem, after all P has them all in its clutches - be it the acceptable face of Position, the runaway governance of Politics or the heart-racing rush of unbridled Power!
The photo above (from the student paper of the time) is of one such lost soul, one wonders if he ever made it out of this degrading and headlong spiral in his quest for 'High Office', or whether he had to pawn that leather jacket for just a few more flyers...
...a legally lost generation, indeed!
</thinly veiled satire>
Lawless bud substitute…
The guy that went to the shop and told Dunne off on his way in could have been a good follow up and I’d be interested to see what comes of the shop keeper’s request to see Campbell.
Once again, Dunne talking up bad effects of marijuana with nothing that backs his claims.
One interesting comment from Ryan who said the legal highs are ok for drug testing with employment, but would rather smoke buds. So hey, get a job . It's the Council's fault now that its too hard, now that it's all up in ya face Dunne. No substance Minister.
Why oh why can this man not want to follow the States with legalising marijuana.
The Taxes alone should be his no brainer. This Govt just lurves the US of A.
Going by that Photo, Dunne got a job and a haircut! Oh the hair ! :)
the coroners office for testing / making medical data available to others. The response was its not worth it, we’ll only bin it.
Hi Virginia. The Coroners may not have wanted to do research but Otago University might have.
Thanks muchly Debunk. Let me know how you get on with your enquires.
Russell and Ross also mentioned websites like Erowid and Trip me - they are excellent and there are other sites also which have communities of users sharing info & experiences - its a form of self education and peer learning.
But our medical staff are excluded from the dialogue. Where are the medical journal articles, the info databases, accurate toxicology screens (like the boy outside the legal high shop in the Campbell live show explained, legal highs are great for work because they don't show up in conventional drug tests)...
Matt researched chemicals he was interested in and used sites like Erowid. As a result, the times he ODed, he knew what he had taken (more or less) & what drugs were needed to counter the effects and could tell A & E staff. Needless to say they would refuse. They had no idea what he was talking about and his behaviour looked like drug seeking (which it was, but with a purpose). All they could do was put security on his room (he was erratic and very high) & wait till visible effects wore off. And thank you to Auckland Hospital A & E, they do an incredible job, day in, day out. As a parent I was grateful they would always do what they could.
But that's the crazy thing. We have users / legal high industry players / illegal producers who are streets ahead of mainstream services.
This is where a service like Checkit is invaluable. Users get the benefit of amnesty and accurate checking / support / education, while up to the minute data is shared with educators / universities / medical facilities / drug, alcohol and mental health services.
The psychoactive substances act is a step in the right direction because it makes ingredient identification and testing mandatory. This info can then be more widely used. But a service like Checkit would also pick up the wider black market products - which is the bigger market.
Of course the other key thing about the act is it allows the govt to collect revenue from the legal highs industry. Shouldn't a percentage be channelled back into providing access to services like Checkit?
Really? who and where? Just give me the info...
I feel Dunne equivocates when he says Councils came to Government for the power to do something about these shops – A need due to the vacuum of real leadership on the issue at a Government level…
He is actually correct on that. Under the act, councils must define where these businesses can operate – and, more importantly where they can’t.
Hutt Council has a draft Local Approved Products Plan which, as far as I can tell, would shut down the shop in Naenae when adopted. The council is receiving submissions now. It had originally promised that the LAPP would be in place by March this year.
I’m not completely clear on whether the Act allows the LAPPs to become fully operative as soon as the councils agree them, but I can’t find anything that says otherwise.
Christchurch City Council is at the same stage, but has chosen to exempt the city’s eight retailers from compliance until the full MoH regulations are in place, which isn’t expected to be until mid next year.
But I can’t work out why the Hutt council hasn’t exercised its right to include this (from the Christchurch draft) in its LAPP:
Are not permitted within 100 metres of a ‘sensitive site’ – such as playgrounds, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary institutions and specialist drug and alcohol treatment and support services – at the time the application for a full licence is made.
It seems a no-brainer to require this.
That Campbell report was bloody good, by the way.
EDIT: The Drug Foundation has just posted a LAPP FAQ on its website. Reading Hutt council’s draft, it appears that the Naenae mall shop will be gone as soon as the council publishes its LAPP. From what I can see, this really is on the council. BUT there are fishooks, as Ross Bell notes in his comment.
So yeah, everyone needs to get a move on with this, including but not only the council.
Matt died 3 wks later.
I'm so sorry to learn that. I appreciate your presence in this discussion more than ever.
It was suicide but where synthetics a contributing factor?
I offered his leftover hoard to the coroners office for testing / making medical data available to others. The response was its not worth it, we’ll only bin it.
I can imagine the coroner's office wouldn't be interested.
But Sofie was referring to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) in Dunedin, which collates reports on products covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act. But if you can wait a few days, I'll ask the MoH person I've been dealing with whether there's a better place to try.
Replying to Sophie and Russell...
Thanks Sophie, it sounded very ungracious of me in the above post 'Really? who and where? Just give me the info…'
Its the momma bear in me roaring... raw-ing...
...Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) in Dunedin, which collates reports on products covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act. But if you can wait a few days, I’ll ask the MoH person I’ve been dealing with whether there’s a better place to try.
Thank you, that would be really excellent.
Hi Russell, we've just updated our website with info re LAPPs.
Councils aren't required to have one (but they should create one), and they can only set the location of outlets. Other controls, such as opening hours, are done by regulations (still under development). Perhaps some of those things being covered by regulations might be best suited to a LAPP, just as with local alcohol policies.
I think councils do protest too much in their claims that central government has placed all responsibility on them. But I also think the minister is being a bit naughty saying councils aren't pulling their weight. Much of the power of the law lies in the testing and other regulations, which are still being developed.
And there's another fishhook in this that the Ministry needs to sort out quickly. During this interim process retail outlets must remain in the location immediately prior to the law. So even if they wanted to move from the main strip or away from the Naenae shopping mall, they can't. This is an area of tension that could quickly be resolved with some clear heads. i.e. councils could set the LAPP saying they want stores in X locations, then the Authority should allow those stores with intermim retail licences to relocate to those areas.
Just give me the info…
What RB said and also I don’t know your area (it doesn't matter tho) but Otago will only take cadavers from Sth Island and only a couple of areas at that but Auckland Uni does do Alcohol and Drugs Studies so they might help you if you are up this way.
I used to supply one of them with...
In fact both of these jokers.
Mostly comics - though I can't find the 'war comic tank triptych' (or diptych) Phil made from one on the web anywhere) that couch and cousins snuck into a few ....