Some synthetic drug users will find other ways of getting
high once synthetic drugs are banned, a Dunedin legal-high
Cupid Shop owner Carl Lapham said some users would ''flip
out'' in a couple of weeks' time when Parliament passes
urgent legislation to ban synthetic drugs.
''There'll be that many going cold turkey. They'll all want
the help at the same time, and the health department won't
have the resources to cope with it.''
Not all users of synthetic highs were badly affected: some
held down jobs, and had normal lives, he said.
For many, it was akin to having a glass of wine with a meal,
''We all have our vices ... we all do something in our life
that we wish we didn't.''
Some people should not drink alcohol or gamble, but those
activities were not banned, he said.
He told the Otago Daily Times yesterday it was too
early for users to stockpile.
''Pay days start [Tuesday], Wednesday, Thursday.
''Not the sort of question you'd ask today.
''Nobody's stocking up, because they haven't got any money in
He had sympathy with opponents, but ''I'm not the moral
''At the end of the day, I can see for and against.''
Dunedin father Wayne McFadyen, whose 26-year-old son was
using synthetic drugs again after going clean for about six
months, blamed the Government for not acting sooner and more
''I hold the Government totally responsible. They're the ones
''The Government don't care because we're the poor people ...
they don't give a stuff about the community,'' he said.
He believed Parliament should be recalled from recess
immediately to introduce an outright ban.
Mr McFadyen said his son relapsed about a month ago, and
''this time round he's worse''.
He was ''out of control'' and desperately needed help.
Dunedin toxicologist Dr Leo Schep, of the National Poisons
Centre in Dunedin, said the centre was pleased with the
impending ban, which would reduce harm caused by the
Their legality gave users a false sense of security, Dr Schep