Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Are stoned kiwi grandparents really a national problem...

Matti
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There's evidence New Zealand could be experiencing a problem that's alarming German officials, the so-called "stoned grandparent'' phenomenon.

Germany has seen the number of pensioners convicted of drug offences double in the last decade in some regions.
   
But in the same period in New Zealand, crime statistics showed the number of over-51s arrested for drug possession tripled.
   
The Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education's executive director, Colin Bramfitt, said it was a worrying international trend.

He said that older people were often on medications which, combined with illegal drug use, may cause problems.
   
Mr Bramfitt said a government-led publicity campaign could be beneficial.

But as a Kiwi grandfather myself, I haven't heard about or been aware of grandparents having  any particular problem in this area. Maybe it is still really a German problem. But it is possible some Christchurch grandparents could be experiencing problems with continuous quakes.
Source: - NewstalkZB
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2 comments:

trishseaton said...

I like it... why are they worried.... Perfect opportunity for generations to enjoy each others company.... So what if gran's a stoner.... She's earned it. So rest & relaxation. at last... She might even be using it for relief from arthritis or some other chronic age related condition...

H. Nizam said...

"But in the same period in New Zealand, crime statistics showed the number of over-51s arrested for drug possession tripled."

Wow! as an over 51 years old person I am concerned about this news.