Mainstream New Zealand media outlets have continued their ratings fueled hate campaign against “legal highs” and synthetic cannabis this year on an almost daily basis,
yet Alcohol, New Zealands favourite “legal high”, has managed to escape much of the negative attention.
“The media are flogging a dead horse” says one industry insider, “the law has been drafted and is going through Parliament now, it will be ready and in place by August this year. The NZ public know this, I’m sure Mr Dunne is tired of repeating himself.”
Calling legal highs “A Mugs Game” – The [Timaru] Herald and other media outlets are painting a very sinister picture of the legal highs industry, using “absurd headlines based purely on hearsay and a few negative experiences by some users that are either not used to the strength of such products or have perhaps taken too much and had a negative experience”.
Dr Schep said “People think because you can buy these things with your bottle of milk at the dairy, your Kronic or K2 must be safe” – but he and the media have failed to remind the public of the highly damaging effects of Alcohol which is sold in plain sight of children, also alongside that bottle of milk at the dairy. Alcohol kills over a thousand kiwis each year and continues to cost the tax payer over $5 billion per year in health, accident and policing related costs.
According to ALAC.org.nz, the NZ police estimate that approximately one-third of all police apprehensions involve alcohol, half of serious violent crimes are related to alcohol and over 300 alcohol-related offences are committed every day – the same can not be said for legal highs, which have not been directly linked to any deaths in New Zealand in the past ten years that they have been sold and consumed by millions of New Zealanders.