NEW ZEALAND MAKES CHANGE WITH THE TRUTH
Sergeant Lexmond of Gisborne, New Zealand, now has an effective partner: The Truth About Drugs.
Sergeant Gregory Lexmond of New Zealand says drugs are a waste of time, money and life.
“These vices are taking away the very spirit of our people and many are unaware of the harmful effects,” he says.
Fortuitously, Lexmond came upon The Truth About Drugs booklet on an office counter this past spring. Struck by its precision and impact, he wrote to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World requesting his own materials.
Since receiving them, Lexmond has begun distributing the booklets in the high-crime neighborhoods in his area that need it most.
One of Lexmond’s colleagues, who had conducted a recent series of drug busts resulting in 35 arrests, returned to visit every one, delivering them booklets. Each said they had no idea, and were amazed that the police were working to help them, rather than lock them up.
That’s what Lexmond wants to see: “Education not incarceration,” he says.
But for those for whom it’s too late, Lexmond also shared the materials with the Custody Sergeant in charge of their station’s prison cells. Though she normally rejects all literature—knowing from experience it will only clog the toilet—she made an exception for The Truth About Drugs booklets.
This is why, little more than a month into his work with the program, Lexmond is optimistic.
“I believe that this is a start to effect real change,” he says.
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