Concerns surge in meth supply could lead to drug epidemic
A lifetime Black Power member says he is concerned about a surge in the availability of methamphetamine.
Community advocate Denis O'Reilly says he's noticed a surge in the availability of the drug, and fears the country could be on the verge of another methamphetamine epidemic.
"We've got to try and insist that our own houses are meth free, and then our own street and our own little community. But it is very, very, very hard; it sneaks in real fast," he says.
Mr O'Reilly says he believes methamphetamine, or P, is now more readily available than cannabis.
Meanwhile, a woman caught up in a P contamination saga is calling on other families to get their homes tested for the drug.
Belinda Hughes from Pollok, near Auckland, is suing her former landlord for $50,000, claiming she moved into a contaminated house.
"Unless you get it drug tested first you're going to be in the same position as I was: move into a house, live there and it's like 'oh, hello, it's contaminated'," she says.
"All your soft furnishings have to go, all your clothing, everything."
Ms Hughes says the family has been forced to burn many of their possessions, including furniture and clothing.