A Pacific research security group says New Zealand is pouring money into surveillance to fight drug smuggling in the region but is failing to support the people affected by the illegal trade.Even more concerning, says the managing director of Strategika Group Asia Pacific Jose Sousa-Santos, are the islanders stricken by addiction.Mr Sousa-Santos said by putting resources into law enforcement, New Zealand is addressing the threat but is not helping the islanders affected on the ground.“We are focusing on stopping the drugs coming through the Pacific,” he said. “But we are not addressing the damage being done through drug addiction.”But he said talking with Pacific states has helped New Zealand understand the problem better and create Pacific responses and solutions.“For many years, New Zealand has treated the Pacific as a buffer-zone — the protection of New Zealand almost as a national security issue.“And over the past two years, we stand to see … [Read more...] about NZ’s drug issues fuelling problems in Pacific, warns expert
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Doctors decided to prescribe him a tramadol based treatment. © Sputnik / Chris Pollard No one ever warned him about the possibility of addiction. Sometime later, the effect of tramadol started becoming weaker and weaker and Chris began increasing the dose. He quickly developed an addiction. The father of two lost his family because of his addiction. His wife couldn’t live with a drug addict. Tramadol withdrawal syndromes can be similar to heroin withdrawal syndromes – depression, anxiety, sweating, vomiting, palpitations, inability to sleep, vivid dreams, tremors, mood swings... According to a new report by the French National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM – Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Medicine and des Produits de santé), in recent years, France has experienced an increase in the consumption of opioid analgesics. One of the most consumed drugs is tramadol, an opioid analgesic of moderate strength. Between 2006 and 2017, … [Read more...] about Europe May Be Steering Toward US-Like Opioid Crisis
I particularly like our PM Bainimarama’s speech in Nairobi where he said and I quote; “Ownership grants confidence, confidence fuels investment and investment builds resilience” unquote from the Fiji Sun report page 11, Thursday, May 30. The statement puts the current FijiFirst leadership and Government way apart from those troubled SODELPA and NFP opposition parties, definitely Fijians and FijiFirst a must. Fish Ban Floyd Robinson, Toorak Having read a copy of the newspapers the other day, I rushed to go to the fridge to check the fish in our storage. One notes the Ministry of Fishery ban on Kawakawa and Donu. In particular, those found disobeying the ban can expect hefty fines. All in all, congratulations to the Ministry of Fisheries for taking such a bold stance. This is in the best interests of present and future generations. Meanwhile, I was so glad to find out that it was Sabutu in the fridge. I can enjoy a nice dish of fish this weekend, knowing fully that … [Read more...] about Letters: 3rd June, 2019
England By James Melley BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 24 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48358152 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The family of a woman who died of an overdose along with her violent ex-partner are … [Read more...] about Family plea for daughter death inquiry
Special Report Lord Alan Howarth, a Labour party peer who lives in Norwich, believes drugs should be legalised and regulated. Photo: Bill Smith Archant In December 2016 Norfolk police launched a crackdown on the county’s Class A drug trade in response to an increase in violent crime. Inspector Nick Palin with a tent containing cannabis plants in the loft of a property on the Aylsham Road during an Operation Gravity drugs raid. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYCode-named Operation Gravity, it has seen officers conduct countless raids, undercover stings and take dozens of dealers off the streets.Yet after more than 1,000 arrests, the county's chief constable Simon Bailey says drug use has not only remained stable, but increased in some cases.According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Norwich has one of the highest heroin death rates in the country.Now, political figures in Norfolk are calling for a radical change in drug policy – to make them legal.“Albert … [Read more...] about Is legalisation the answer to Norfolk’s drug problem?