As per the revelation of the Western Bay's drug culture, the children are smoking pot at the tender age of 4 and mothers give drugs to calm their crying babies.
The police raided Te Puke, where many people were taken into custody for allegedly giving drugs to school children. The Bay of Plenty Times did the whole coverage of the incident.
Dual diagnosis clinician Isobel Whelan, of Bay of Plenty District Health Board-funded Poupoua Charitable Trust, mentioned that for generations, the Te Puke families have been taking drugs, which also include young children. She also said that this is a very big problem in the town.
For the last 28 years, Ms. Whelan has helped many people suffering with the habit of drugs and alcohol.
She expressed her concern for the town people and said that not much has been done to tackle the problem. She said that the social services in the community are ‘fractured’ and inefficient.
Nga Kakano Foundation Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, Rapine Paura said the number of people using drugs and alcohol has increased significantly in the last one year. The problem is getting worse, because of the involvement of toddlers aged 12 and 13.
It is very important to spread awareness among people about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.