Month: June 2020

Mental health and addiction services ‘moving backwards when it comes to Māori’ – commissioner

Radio NZ 18 June 2020 Family First Comment: “The report shows almost one in three Māori live with mental illness or addiction compared with one in five in the general population.”  Until we can fix our mental health system, the last…

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Think Ya Know? Is Marijuana a Risk Factor for Violence?

Warning Graphic Subject Matter Parents Opposed to Pot is bringing awareness to the link between marijuana and violence in America, but we want the public to know that our hearts break for all the victims and their families and friends.…

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Grim statistics at forefront as elder abuse awareness week begins in New Zealand

TVNZ One News 15 June 2020 Family First Comment: Legalising euthanasia would simply exacerbate the potential threat to vulnerable people.. “most cases are psychological, with elderly socially isolated, bullied and humiliated…. the majority of abuse comes from family members” Up to…

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Many daily cannabis users believe it’s safe to drive under the influence, CDOT study says

The Denver Post 10 June 2020 Family First Comment: Many Coloradans who use cannabis daily believe it is safe to drive under the influence and say they would like to see empirical evidence that proves otherwise before changing their behaviour… In…

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Cannabis referendum: What Rotorua locals think of legalising the drug

NZ Herald 14 June 2020 Family First Comment: Great stuff from TDDA who are part of the SAM-NZ coalition… “The Drug Detection Agency’s chief operating officer Glenn Dobson has some major concerns about cannabis becoming legal, especially for workers in the…

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Study casts doubt on the link between childhood spanking and dating violence in adulthood

PsyPost 12 June 2020 Family First Comment: Interesting new study which debunks the myth that non-abusive smacking leads to violence: “[T]he study found that childhood physical abuse, but not spanking, was linked to adult dating violence. While spanking as a…

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Police Association Raises Significant Concerns of Legalising Cannabis

SayNopeToDope NZ Media Release 12 June 2020 An analysis by the Police Association of the cannabis referendum and the possible legislation that would result from legalisation has raised significant concerns around continued gang presence and difficulties in enforcement. In the…

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Complaints pile up following Drug Foundation’s ‘vote yes’ to cannabis campaign

TVNZ One News 11 June 2020 Family First Comment: The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access. Dr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”. “It’s…

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