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It’s official: meth is now easier to get than cannabis.

That line comes from a top secret police document , which also shows the number of people selling methamphetamine is rapidly growing because there’s so much money to be made. In fact, the market is so flooded the price is falling, while the Government has scrapped the Prime Minster-led “War on P” strategy.

Three months ago, Bridget’s 22-year-old daughter, Georgia, took her own life. She blames it on meth.

Georgia was never into any other drug – not cannabis, not alcohol. It was straight to P.

While she’d struggled with mental health, her mother, a nurse, doesn’t believe that’s what drove her to her death.

“It was either directly the P or indirectly, however you want to look at it,” Bridget told Newshub.

“That’s when she changed. That’s when she was gone for months on end. That’s when I didn’t recognise my daughter.”

Georgia got in with the gangs and started selling synthetic cannabis to fund her P habit. But that wasn’t her only crime.

“She was involved in some sort of drug heist of meth and she didn’t tell me how much it was worth, but I knew it was thousands,” Bridget said.

Georgia’s meth-fuelled crime fits into a worrying national trend.

A police document obtained by Newshub says there’s been a notable increase in heavily addicted P users conducting violent stand-overs and arming themselves with firearms in order to steal meth from more vulnerable suppliers.

And that’s not the only crime it’s driving. On average, one homicide a year is related to meth.

In just one month last year, meth was recorded as a factor in 65 crimes involving weapons, 32 involving firearms, 43 assaults, 11 domestic violence crimes, five sexual assaults and two kidnappings. All were increases on the same month in the previous year – with weapons- and firearms-related crimes approximately doubling.

Back in 2009, Prime Minister Sir John Key launched a war on P. The Government wanted to choke off supply and in turn push the price up.

Back then the price of a gram of meth was $800 to $1000. But besides a drop in 2011, the price stayed relatively stable at more than $800 through to 2015.

A leaked report shows last year there was a sharp drop down to $600.

Prime Minister Bill English won’t be taking Sir John’s project on. The annual Tackling Methamphetamine report that was due out in October hasn’t been finished and won’t be. It’s been scrapped, and Mr English has passed responsibility to his deputy, Paula Bennett.

“It’s absolutely a priority for this Government, but as we’re seeing, it’s one of a number of insidious drugs that are out there and in our systems,” she says.

But Bridget has a simple message for the deputy Prime Minister: “This is killing our young people.”



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