Officer Mal Drummond and Victory Square’s On the Spot dairy manager Veer Savniya with one of the campaign posters police have been handing out. Photo: Andrew Board.

Dairies say no to synthetic drugs

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Nelson police have begun a campaign to rid the region’s dairies of synthetic drugs, slamming them as “morally wrong” and urging locals to boycott stores that continue to sell them.
The region’s community constables and Youth Aid officers started visiting dairies and other outlets known to have stocked synthetic cannabinoid products yesterday, explaining the dangers they pose and encouraging them to refrain from selling the products.
Nelson Bays area commander, Inspector Steve Greally, says police have seen first-hand the devastating effects these drugs were having on young people and wanted those selling the drugs to show some responsibility.
“These drugs may technically be legal, but that doesn’t make them safe. Retailers may say they are doing nothing wrong, but in my view it is morally wrong to be preying on the young people in our community and making money by selling them addictive and extremely harmful drugs.
“My officers will be encouraging retailers to think about their responsibilities, not just as business people, but as members of this community.”
Steve says officers would be handing out posters to retailers who were not selling the drugs which would identify them as a safe and responsible retailer.
“We can’t stop the sale of these drugs, but people in the community can make a choice about where they go to buy their bread and milk. I know what my choice would be.”
Victory’s On the Spot dairy manager, Veer Savniya, says the store does not stock the products because they have a policy against it.
“The owner runs programmes to help people to stop smoking so he is definitely against it,” he says.
He says he gets constant requests for the products but is happy to turn them away.
Steve says he was confident the “reputable businesses” in Nelson would take the responsible option and stop stocking the products.