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  1. They should try harder to stop drinking. Southland times, 11/7:

    “Hundreds of young children are being admitted to hospital for drug and alcohol overdoses every year, with some as young as seven arriving at hospital drunk on wine.
    Documents obtained under the Official Information Act from 13 district health boards around New Zealand paint a shocking picture of very young children having to be treated in hospital for the effects of drugs and alcohol.”
    Many of these are accidental poisonings from medicine or household products, alongside preventable cases in which life-threatening amounts of illegal drugs and alcohol have been taken by – or given to – young children and teenagers.
    They include a 10-month-old baby who arrived unconscious at Palmerston North Hospital and whose urine was found to contain traces of P and cannabis, several cases of toddlers treated for cannabis overdoses at Whangarei Hospital, and extremely intoxicated pre-teens – as young as seven – arriving at hospitals nationwide.
    Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Service youth addiction psychiatrist Grant Christie, who treats alcohol-dependent teens aged 13 to 18, said drunk and drugged young people ending up in hospital were just “the tip of the iceberg”.
    About 500 teens were referred to the service last year, and he was seeing more – and younger – each year.
    “Most young people with severe problems don’t end up being hospitalised and only a few actually get the treatment they need.
    “The levels of some young people’s use is quite staggering: many would see buying a box [24 cans] of beer – or a bottle of spirits, or a cask of wine – to drink over the course of an evening as pretty standard.”

    The drug and drink problem is very serious here. Combined with the driving – let’s say we do not travel the roads at night unless we absolutely must! All the migrants I speak to mention this. Drugs are a shrug here. They do not have the funds to tackle the immensity of usage and have given up the larger-scale war in favour of cheap traffic screening and informant-based highly publicised stings.

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