Sept. 11, 2017, 1:55 p.m.
Bessina Pehi Tamatea lets us in to her life, and shares her journey through an addiction to methamphetamine. Now on the road to recovery, Bessina has a clear message about why we need to rid our communities of meth.
Methamphetamine (meth) is one of a number of amphetamine-type drugs. Some have medical uses and are made by pharmaceutical companies. However, most meth used in New Zealand is made in illegal ‘labs’. Meth is a stimulant drug available in pill, powder, crystal or liquid forms. It can be swallowed, snorted or injected but is most commonly smoked in a glass pipe or bong.
Tips to get clean
1. Make the decision that you want to be clean and identify what your triggers are
2. Surround yourself with people who support you in your decision and reach out to those you trust and love
3. Turn your attention to something that takes up your time - eg, tikanga Māori, mahi (work), study, whanau, marae, training or a new hobby