Why I’m Voting Yes to Legalising Cannabis
New Zealanders have a chance to vote in a referendum on or before October 17, 2020 to legalise and control cannabis. I have many reasons...
If Mandy Whyte had listened to the experts her son Hemi would probably be dead or incarcerated.
After years of trying to convince him to get to rehab and after being told by various agencies to back off and wait for him to ask for help she starting researching Hemi's life and advances in the addiction industry to find out what she could to do to help her son, who was now an intravenous crystal meth user, regularly psychotic and facing eviction from his home and a lengthy prison sentence for crimes related to his addiction. Realising he would never ask for help - because he couldn't - she fought to get him involuntarily treated. When he was expelled from two rehabs she 'home rehabbed' him in Indonesia. She is now an advocate for the involuntary and family-led treatment of severe addicts.
This is a book about tenacity and love. It explores the limits of care for drug addicts in New Zealand and Australia and challenges the idea that it’s up to addicts to find their own way to treatment, declaring this approach socially negligent and a violation of human rights. As families, health services and courts try to come to grips with the scourge of crystal meth (P and Ice) that is devastating so many lives, Dancing on a Razor’s Edge is an important contribution for families and treatment providers.
Doug Sellman, Director National Addiction Centre, New Zealand and Professor at the University of Otago
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