A Māori drugs educator says he supports a West Auckland school's controversial decision to distribute information about meth to its students.

Shane White of Patua Te Ngangara is already working in schools preaching the perils of substance abuse and says the use of synthetic drugs is causing harm in communities.     

“Kātahi anō ka hangahia i tēnei, i tēnā, i te aha rānei nō reira kia matua mōhio rātou ki ōnā āhuatanga.”

Massey High School using a meth information booklet in a senior health class has been the subject of parent complaints, however, White supports the school approach in educating their students.

“Tēnā pea he kōrero anō mō te hunga kāhore anō kia pā. Tēnā pea he kōrero mō te hunga āhua mōhio ki ēnā āhutanga. Anei tētahi rauemi mō te hunga kei raro e putu ana. Me tautoko atu au tō rātou tū, te rapu tētahi huarahi.”

White works with prisoners to deliver drug rehabilitation programmes, but he says he has been inundated with schools asking him to come and speak to their students.

“I tēnei wiki tonu ko ngā kura tuawhenua, pōhehe au he paranihi kē rātou e ngaungau haere i ēnei āhuatanga i ō rātou tamariki, ō rātou mātua.”

He also adds that it’s gone from bad to worse with the spread of synthetic drugs.

“Anei te taniwha hou, tēnā pea e rima tau e ngaungau ana i ngā tamariki. Neke atu i te 30 tāngata kua mate, ko te nuinga he Māori.”

At the end of the day, he says it is better to talk about the issue to ensure everyone is aware and what can be done to tackle it.

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