Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode,

    Wellington police follow Waitemata and offer help, not harm, to users identified in a meth bust:

    Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch of the Wellington District Drugs and Organised Crime team said: “This syndicate is believed to have been active for a significant period of time dealing methamphetamine to people in the central city. The investigation has also uncovered the regular trading of stolen property, including phones, designer bags and jewellery in exchange for drugs by the syndicate.”

    “Our investigation has again shown the terribly damaging effects that methamphetamine abuse and addiction has on the lives of everyday New Zealanders and their families. The investigation team is making contact with each of the people identified as customers of this syndicate to provide advice and referral to support agencies who can help them to confront and deal with any drug-related problems affecting them and their families.

    "We are also offering support to the people charged, so that the intervention by Police can be turned into a positive start point to face their own addiction challenges, where applicable, and reduce the detrimental impact and affects their drug use is having on them.”

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  • Access: No seclusion in schools!, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    And….I am hoping that you, or others with similar lived experience, have been engaged by the Ministry of Education as consultants…visiting schools and helping teachers and students better manage meltdowns.

    In a more rational world, this would happen. I can't overemphasise how important to me the shared experience of ASD adults was in understanding my sons and what they were going through.

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  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…,

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    This might have something to do with the popularity of e-bikes in certain European countries.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to william blake,

    Yes the godwinning of methamphetamine does need to be taken with a pinch of something, especially when the author contextualises his thesis with his own use of ecstasy and LSD.

    This brings to mind the infamous 2002 study that claimed even controlled doses of MDMA were so neurotoxic that casual users were at risk of Parkinson's disease and other conditions.

    The study was later retracted after the researchers discovered they'd actually been subjecting lab monkeys' brains not to MDMA, but methaphetamine.

    The paper was kinda bullshitty in other ways too though.

    And it was around long enough to assist the passage of America's execrable RAVE Act.

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  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I was jesting – having an open source software bike would let you change MAX_SPEED=20 to something more exciting…

    At present, there's no limit on speed like there is in Europe. Thus, imported European e-bikes are all limited to 25km/h (at which point the assist drops out), but not local models.

    But there is an official limit of 300W of power output.

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  • Hard News: Do e-bikes ease traffic…, in reply to Allan MacLachlan,

    I’m curious as to why an e-bike changes your behaviour – is that because the bike is heavier than a non-ebike, or something inherent in the fact that you have power, so don’t feel the need to duck and dive?

    It's way heavier than my nippy little standard bike. And feels more like a vehicle that warrants its own lane. I'm less inclined to nip through gaps etc.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Like alcohol then …

    More addictive, more severe effects on both physical and mental health from sustained use. You can drink every day for decades. You can’t smoke meth every day for decades without serious consequences.

    This is not to dismiss the huge social harms of alcohol abuse, of course.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    urther, the main pharmacological problem with methamphetamine is that, unlike most drugs (which burn when heated) it’s smokable. Which gives a faster rush and more of a psychological problem. People (Hitler, pilots, schoolkids with ADHD) who confine themselves to ingestion or snorting have fewer problems witb it.

    Yes, I cover that in the episode. I'm surprised more isn't made of it in drug treatment circles. The step-change when it became a glass pipe drug was the start of the real problems.

    The real problem, however, is that there are a lot of desperate, screwed up people around, who’ve often been socialised into violence.

    I had a couple of friends lose the plot with meth, neither of them were violent. But they definitely had a problem, to the extent that I actually had to ask them not to come around any more.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to andin,

    Could stay up all night drinking and never feel drunk, never felt violent tho and never wanted to go out, was quite happy where I was especially if at home. And that was my experience with it, which is in the past now.

    Yeah, and there are plenty of people like you. But the overall rate and nature of problematic use is a real showstopper.

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  • Hard News: From Zero: The Meth Episode, in reply to Farmer Green,

    A drug is not evil: even methamphetamine has a very limited useful role in medicine.

    Yes, I make that point in the episode: it's a chemical, no more innately evil than salt or water.

    Its medical use is, as you say, very limited now, largely because it's more neurotoxic than comparable amphetamines.

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