Auckland Regional Methamphetamine Working Group
ARMWG is focused on raising awareness of the adverse impact that methamphetamine use has on local communities, influencing legislation, and national, regional and local action to ensure effective outcomes for the Auckland Region.
The Working Group is a vehicle for strengthening local governance and action on methamphetamine supply and demand.
ARMWG was established in July 2011, after an initiative of Mayor Len Brown to hold a large symposium on Methamphetamine on June 15th 2011. A key priority from the symposium was to establish a regional working group (ARMWG).
ARMWG is a multi-sector working group comprising of 20 plus members from key agencies across the Auckland region.
Members come from central government agencies, Ministry of Health, Auckland Regional Public Health Service; Auckland District Health Board; Department of Corrections (Prison and Probation); Ministry of Social Development; Housing NZ; NZ Police; Local Government (CAYAD, Licensing & Compliance, Environmental Health, Policy); Massey University; Forensic and Industrial Science Ltd; Treatment Agencies (Salvation Army, Community Alcohol and Drugs Service, Odyssey House, Higher Ground); Te Whanau Waipareira, Real Estate Institute, Methminder and Auckland North Community and Development.
There are several free helplines available for people to call. They operate from 10am – 10pm, 7 days a week.
Alcohol Drug Helpline - 0800 787 797
Pasifika Helpline - 0800 787 799
Whaka-tu-tangata Helpline - 0800 787 798
Further information, research, resources and online tools can be found on www.drugfoundation.org.nz
Find out about - Protecting workers from the dangers of clandestine laboratories here
Find out about - Managing the risk of exposure to clandestine methamphetamine laboratories (clan labs) in a fact sheet here
Download a copy of the latest ARMWG brochure HERE
(Photo credit: Matheus Vinic)
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