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We've been hearing all sorts of seedy, criminal things about 'p' or methamphetamine in the news, on the streets and through our friends. Some of us have tried it, others just can't give it up and now its a class-a drug. Just how worried do we need to be about crystal meth?

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PART ONE
START VT
tape 02PARI:
6:35 / 6:53
it was good in nz you know when people had a beer, maybe a joint. but this new drug instead of people handIng round a joint they're handing round a p pipe.have you ever watched it? it's like a pack of hungry wolves they're all watching the pipe thinkin, when is it my turn?

V/O
DJ PARI WAS DYING TO TAUTOKO THIS STORY. HE GETS AROUND THE COUNTRY A BIT AND RECKONS METH HAS GOT NEW ZEALAND BY THE SHORT AND CURLIES.
cutaways: tape02PARI
22:01/ 22:03 across decks
21:39 / 21:42 cu Pari


tape 02pari:
7:13 / 7:35
i totally believe it's an epidemic cos it's not confined to the cities it's in the rural towns it's everywhere and it's hitting a lot of brown faces really hard. So that's the other thing being part maori and part irish you see these kids just ruining their lives cos they think its cool and they think its funny. nahman. you guys gotta wake up to the situation.

tape 03 USER:
11:57 / 12:06
yup people sit there and their eyes are on the pipe and they're watching it getting filled. yeah it's pretty sick

V/O
THIS GUY WE'RE CALLING ROGER STARTED OUT SPENDING 1OO BUCKS FOR A POINT OR POINT 1 GRAM OF METH BETWEEN THREE FRIENDS. AT HIS PEAK USE THAT GREW INTO A BINGE OF 5OO HUNDRED DOLLARS A WEEK JUST FOR HIMSELF.
cutaways: tape04USER
18:06 / 18:13 second burn (wider)
19:34 / 19:40 tilit up from flame

tape 03 USER:
7:22 / 7:52
everything was too much the little things, car-breakdowns, bills not paid, big issues that started to add up in my head basically to a life that was pretty out of order (did you get depressed?) yeah i got depressed. had a nervous breakdown at one stage but can't really say that was all the drugs. sometimes drug use is a symptom of other things not the cause

tape04PTC
27:54 / 28:06
P'S BEEN AROUND SINCE EARLY LAST CENTURY, JAPAN IS ONTO IT'S THIRD EPIDEMIC SINCE 1950. BUT SO CALLED PURE HAS ONLY JUST MADE A DENT IN OUR DRUG SCENE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. A BIG REASON FOR THAT..GANGS WORKED OUT A CHEAP RECIPE
tape04PTC
27:54 / 28:06

tape 02 pari:
02:02:30 / 2:51
they can turn that a $25 thing of medecine into over five thousand dollars worth of p.
tape 02pari:
3:49 / 4:12
for myself it just made me nervous. and basically the feeling is just like if you drink 6 cups of coffee in succession, it's crazy.it's like that anxious feeling, oh i forgot to do something and your jaws wobbling and u wanna keep moving but you're bodies tired its all under your skin, it's like,,,ugh

V/O
IN SOME SOUTH EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES LIKE THAILAND CRYSTAL METH IS OFTEN USED BY PEOPLE TO FUNCTION. FACTORY WORKERS, TRUCK DRIVERS. SEX-WORKERS. EXPERTS RECKON ITS PROBABLY THE SAME HERE, BUT MUCH TO THE GANGS DELIGHT, IN NZ THERE WAS ANOTHER MARKET HUNGRY FOR THE NEXT THING AND MAYBE A BIT NAIVE ABOUT ADDICTION. RECREATIONAL DRUG USERS. THE E CROWD.

tape03user:
8:12 / 8:31
i've noticed that people who i know like taking it but who've cut back, we get together and talk and notice that for the last ten minutes we realize that we've been talking about p. even when we're not taking it, it's still there.

tape02 pari:
i've watched my own mates just go, dragged down 100 mile an hour and there's nothing i can say or do. and they've been stand-up brethren i've known all my life. but now i can't trust you bro.
tape 02 pari:
12:30/12:58
... it just destroys lives. it destroys lives not within yrs but within months. From people never using it, 3 mths down the track, got nothing, can't trust them. that's how fast it works.

PART TWO
OKAY SO WE' RE STILL TALKING ABOUT "P". YOU MAY HAVE TRIED IT, YOU MAY BE USING IT. WORDS GETTING AROUND THAT IT'S A PRETTY SKODY SORT OF DRUG, DIRTY OLD P, CERTAINLY NOT FORGETTING THAT IT WAS MADE CLASS A IN DECEMBER. HERE'S SOME MORE INFORMATION YOU MAY NEED WHEN YOU'RE MAKING YOU'RE MIND UP ON THE SUBJECT.

tape 02pari:
02:57 / 3:33
it's everywhere you can buy it all over the place. especially with these young girls. you get these scum bag guys with the young girls who are 18. they're just going out, suddenly they start trying it, they get hooked on it, you see them at the club you know. scan the club til they see this p dealer. there's like this international sign that goes like that ("makes sign") and basically they won't stay in the club they go out to the cars or you know.

PTC
YOU TAKE RISKS ON P YOU WOULDN'T NORMALLY TAKE. UNPROTECTED SEX IS A BIGGIE. THERE'S ALSO A LINK BETWEEN EATING DISORDERS AND BURNING METH SINCE IT CUTS OUT YOUR APPETITE. YOU CAN OF COURSE STAY AWAKE FOR DAYS ON END. YOU FEEL BULLETPROOF. AT THE END OF IT YOU'RE SHATTERED. THE MORE YOU USE P, THE MORE YOU NEED TO GET THAT HIGH. YOU GET TOLERANT TO THE GOODNESS, BUT SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND IS YOU DON'T GET TOLERANT TO THE BADNESS. DOUBLE YOUR DOSE, GET HALF THE HIGH, AND TWICE THE EVILS. THOSE ARE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, PARANOIA, EMOTIONAL SPIRALS THAT CAN FEEL LIKE DEATH, PSYCHOSIS.

tape03 USER
08:43 / 9:19
(Q.the breakdown that you had, obviously you're feeling better now) feeling better yeah..(how long did it last?) was about a week and a half that i coudln't go to work and then got better pretty quickly (what was happening?) was basically lying in bed crying a lot, yeah, that was what i was doing, there was not much else.
tape04 USER
9:12 / 9:50
(Q. does it worry you that you're still using a drug that had that affect on you? and that you like that drug?) i like the fact that i've used it. it was an adventure and that i've used that much. but don't like it so much that i'm still using.
tape04 USER
21:51 / 22:13
i wish they'd get rid of it. (but you like it?). i like smoking too i wish they'd get rid of that.
tape04 USER
23:57 / 24 45
(have you ever considered getting into dodgy deals to pay for it?) yeah, i mean dodgy deals in whose view? people are gonna buy it from somewhere. it might as well sell it to them. and it's not like i ask someone do they want it? if someone says lets get some, i say ok i'll go get some, give you a bit (so you've just said a minute ago you'd like the police to stamp it out so you couldn't get any, but not only are you prepared to consume, you're prepared to supply as well..?) the people i give it to i know aren't gonna do anything stupid.

tape 02 PARI
13:42 / 14:04
When you come down you get these huge hallucinations from p. that guy that chopped that lady's hands off, he thought 747's were chasing him. we're talking big huge boeing 7-4 -700s ..jumbo jets man. They ain't chasing you bro. They're on a long-haul to LAX
tape 02 pari:
16:36 /
middle class nz has to realize this thing is gonna hurt you. and if you're not using it or whatever sooner or later there's going to be some repercussions. something's gonna get stolen. some one you know is gonna end up hurt. some one else you know is gonna end up in hospital

PIX USER/pipes/dance scene

tape04 USER
35:41 / 36:11
if they got a problem they should go to a GP. tell them what they really think. just tell someone. you know someone you respect. to have them say its gonna be alright.
14:00 / 14:42
when i started using it was from a friend who'd been using it before...i saw it from him first. in about 6mths it was everywhere. and probably would see it everywhere if i was hanging out with the same crowd but i'm not. (y not?) just changing my priorities.

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