November 10, 2023
Māori sought for meth study
University of Auckland researchers are working with iwi and community addiction services on a project aimed at finding effective treatments for Māori methamphetamine users.
Lead investigator David Newcombe from the Department of social and Community Health says Māori are over-represented in statistics for meth-related harm.
The Health Research Council-funded study will follow two different groups of meth users for two years – one who chose not to seek any treatment for their drug use and the other who do.
Data will be gathered on indicators such as physical and mental health, psychosis, relapse back to meth use, and overall well-being.
Associate Professor Newcome says meth is believed to be the second most commonly used illegal substance after cannabis, with highest use concentrated in Northland, Auckland and the Bay of Plenty.