Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Green MP takes offence over Maori drug use suggestions

(it appears neither commentators understand white priviledge. /Blair)

Green MP Meteria Turei has taken offence over generalisations about Maori after an addiction expert said the group was more at risk of becoming drug addicts than others.

NZPA reported this week National Addiction Centre director Professor Doug Sellman's study results which found Maori were twice as likely to have lifetime substance use disorders than other ethnic groups.

In an interview on National Radio yesterday he speculated cultural reasons could have an effect. Differences he pointed to included singing and ability at sports which Ms Turei said was "deeply offensive".

"Addiction is an enormously complex issue for everyone who suffers from it. Social and economic factors as well as the impact of colonialism and racism must be seriously considered in analysing this data."

Ms Turei said a 2002 Christchurch School of Medicine report on arrests and convictions for cannabis related offences showed Maori had a higher rate of convictions for those offences because they were stopped and searched more.

"This morning's comments were simplistic and unfair. For such research to have beneficial impacts for Maori the analysis of causality needs to be far more sophisticated," Ms Turei said.

On Tuesday Prof Sellman had said the reasons for the result were not fully understood but underscored the need for effective services to be available.

Prof Sellman said that while complete recovery from severe addiction was relatively rare, recovery of a worthwhile life was achievable.

"But to achieve this, people must be retained in treatment for longish periods of time to consolidate behaviour change and skills acquisition," he said.

[NZPA]

Blair Anderson
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