In the wake of the Cook Islands News ‘Meth Menace’ editorial, the campaign has been a gripping topic on social media as many have said that this must be tackled before it affects young people.
Crystal meth is a well-known street drug among users of all ages and there is great need to educate youth in the Cook Islands, says a Facebook user.
Others have said awareness and an advocating campaign against meth use must be implemented.
One concerned citizens said law enforcement officers, parents and guardians need to reveal these drug dealers.
A Facebook user alleged that Cook Islanders are already users of this drug and there is living proof in New Zealand.
“It saddens me, this type of habit will reach our door step in the Cook Islands, when they return home. With the habit, there will always be a contact to the drug world, in this case it will reach Cook Islands no matter what is the cost, a user will always try to get his or her fix to do anything to get it from A - B now days, this drug is a worldwide product in the criminal world to make profit from.”
He said the problem cannot be controlled but it can be identified and the only way to do this is to speak out the truth about it, and show how is it going to affect families and friends with the symptom of this drug.
“How we can identify the user symptom and to help them to overcome this drug habit, and to understand their situation with family issues in their own home and the pain they are going through in their dark secret life.
“Most of all to give them positive ways of thinking to help them, and to achieve their drug addiction and to save our people from this drug,” he said.
Others argued that the ‘local grown youth’ may not be a market but those living abroad are exposed to the drug more, while local youth are exposed to easy access to alcohol.
“Educate our children at home, at school and report anyone who maybe selling to them behind closed doors, whatever the case may be. People know people who have dealings with this type of rubbish. Keep them away from our children by revealing the people who have access to these drugs,” another Facebook member reiterated.
Other comments called for hope that this deadly drug does not find its way to youth as it will kill family ties.
“I’m sure our community are all aware of who the local dealers are on the island. Until we can start identifying and prosecuting these individuals, there is not much we can do but educate our youth.”
The community, individuals, government departments and non-government organisations are being urged to create awareness on this drug and report anyone who maybe selling or using this drug behind closed doors.