Latest news - 11 March 2014The Psychoactive Substances Authority has suspended the licences of all psychoactive substance retailers in Hamilton. The Hamilton City Council adopted a policy at the end of February, which outlines where these retailers may operate. The effect of the policy means that all existing retailers are non-compliant.
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Who can help if using legal highs has become a problem for me?
Research tells us that legal highs are highly addictive and for some people using legal highs can negatively impact their health and social wellbeing. We know addiction to any substance can be hard to stop. The good news is there are a number of services both in your local community and New Zealand wide who are here to help.
If you are feeling legal highs may be preventing you from living your life well, don’t hesitate to contact one of the following services to talk about the best available support for you.
We all have unique needs, so if you live in Hamilton and are finding it hard to choose the service that best fits you give the Linkage service navigation team a call on 0800 932 432. The service navigation team is there to listen, help you connect with the right services, and get you back on track. It is a free and confidential service. Your GP is also a great source of information.
Who can support me if a family member or friend is experiencing problems using legal highs?
Supporting a family member or friend who may be experiencing negative effects of addiction can be hard. In many cases, you may not know the best way to help or even what to say.
The Alcohol Drug Association of New Zealand has created a useful information page on their Alcohol Drug Helpline website focussed on what to do when you are concerned about someone else. You can access this page by clicking here.
It’s important to know that support also exists for you. Both the Alcohol Drug helpline and Linkage’s service navigation team in Hamilton can talk with you about services and people who can offer the best possible help.
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