With thanks to the Southland Times for their neat title!
Forgotten victims of drugs underworld
Record number of children found in drug dens
Children are the forgotten victims of New Zealand’s drug misery, with record numbers being found in illicit drug dens raided by police. Police Minister Judith Collins is worried by reports from officers about rising numbers of young children growing up in clandestine P-labs and tinnie houses. Last year more than 460 children were found in 37 per cent of all clan labs and 73 per cent of all drug-dealing houses identified by police. This is up from 26 per cent and 65 per cent in 2009. One former drugs squad detective said children under five were especially vulnerable to dangerous, cancer-causing chemicals, which soaked into their soft toys.