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Northland DHB and Police lead Cross-Agency Fight against Methamphetamine

Northland, a district with high incidence of crime related to methamphetamine supply and use is the perfect place for a joint cross-agency proposal between Northland DHB and New Zealand Police.

“Working together is not new in Northland so it made good sense for the DHB to initiate a joint cross-agency proposal to tackle the ever increasing and harmful methamphetamine issue in our community,” explains Northland DHB chief executive, Dr Nick Chamberlain.

The project pilots an aligned approach to enforcement, treatment, and community resilience building in Northland aimed at reducing both supply and demand.

Using the Te Ara Oranga (a path to wellbeing) recovery based model of care, service users will be able to access health services at the right stage of the pathway for their needs, which encourages hope and enhances their strengths, abilities and resiliency.

“A major barrier to remaining drug free after treatment is the absence of a stable living environment that supports abstinence,” Dr Chamberlain said.

“This pilot offers levels of support that transition through residential treatment to independent living over several months.

“Community health teams will provide treatment, therapy, health promotion, cultural and peer support to encourage abstinence, remove the barriers to participation in education and employment, and build strong family and social relationships.”

The cross-agency initiative will test the effectiveness of an innovative approach to methamphetamine demand reduction by integrating health and policing responses in an area where methamphetamine related crime has been identified as especially problematic.



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