Pubdate: Thu, 29 May 2003
Source: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand)
Copyright: 2003 New Zealand Herald
Author: Anonymous, name and address withheld
Note: According to MAP newshawk, withholding names is very rare for NZ 
Bookmark: (Methamphetamine)
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Drug Education)


I'm an erstwhile narcotics user and now work with people who are still 
using drugs. Through my contact with the drug scene, I see the change the 
upsurge in methamphetamine use has made to the local drug culture.

People I have known for years who have used all manner of controlled 
substances have managed to appear, if not perfect specimens of humanity, at 
least generally healthy.

However, with as little as two months of speed use, these same people 
appear to age 10 years.

It is a pity that now there is a substance truly as dangerous as the 
anti-drug hype says it is, the anti-drug lobby has cried wolf so many times 
over such innocuous substances such as cannabis that youth can't bring 
themselves to believe what they're told.

I have no problem with people using drugs for recreational use. However, I 
can't see speed as a recreational drug - it is poison.

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MAP posted-by: Jackl