Christmas challenge on drugs

Donna Stanley

Donna Stanley says the challenge is to do it for yourself and do it one day at a time.

And if that’s too hard, then do it one hour at a time

Donna does it day by day – she has gone through meth addiction and as she continues to fight her battle, she helps others do the same.

Meth addiction is causing huge harm in Te Awamutu – it impacts on whānau and it turns addicts to crime to feed their habit.

Donna can be found every Wednesday from 10am at a walk-up desk outside First National in Alexandra St. It is part of her work for drug fighting group the Anti-P ministry and she hopes more addicts will take stock before Christmas and accept that it is time to do something about it.

For many families it would be the best Christmas present they could wish for.

She says the Anti-P Ministry serves as a vital bridge for addicts when they come to that point, because it can take weeks, if not months, before they are referred for Government funded professional help.

The Ministry comprises members who have experienced the lows of meth addiction and have seen how the desire to feed it can cause as much social damage as the drug causes physical damage to the user.

“I say to people take the step; acknowledge you need help. Do it for yourself, not for your family – your family can be your driving force, but you must do this for yourself. It’s your addiction and it’s your family that suffers.

“We are here to step in and support you.”

Meanwhile, as help is offered to people battling the addictive grip of meth, police have been active in Waikato raiding properties and seizing guns and drugs.

The Waikato Organised Crime Team and Armed Offender Squad raided five gang-linked addresses across the Hamilton region last week. Two men were charged with drug and firearms offenses.

  • Next week – we look further into Waipā’s battle with meth.
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