Harm Elimination not Harm Minimisation
Methcon is New Zealand’s specialist drug awareness education company.
Methcon provides education, training and expert advice to help address the ever-increasing effects of substance abuse in New Zealand’s workplaces and communities.
Our programmes are designed to help businesses, government departments, community groups and organisations. They are balanced, non-judgmental and based on our real-life experiences as former police officers.
Methcon Group Limited launched in 2005 with the goal of delivering a more balanced approach towards raising awareness of the country’s methamphetamine (P) problem, together with substances such as cannabis and alcohol. The company is now award winning and recognised both nationally and internationally as a leading provider of alcohol and drug education.
As a specialist drug awareness education provider, Methcon remains the only organisation of its kind working to educate, engage and increase awareness by running programmes in companies, government departments and secondary schools across the country. Over 150,000 people have participated and gained a new level of understanding as a result.
Our focus is on Harm Elimination rather than Harm Reduction. We believe people can make better decisions when provided with the facts on short and long-term impacts. Instead of differentiating between legal and illicit substances we focus on understanding the health effects of drug use on the body. In our opinion, the legal standing of a substance is irrelevant.
Methcon drug education programmes are innovative and designed to educate and engage everyone in an interesting and eye-opening format.
These programmes can be delivered as interactive workshops to promote a healthy and safe environment at your workplace, or online with our custom designed online courses.
No matter what your size, Health and Safety law applies to every business.
The legal status of a substance is irrelevant
Understanding the effects of drugs on the body is vital
People make good decisions with accurate information
‘Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the best seminar that I have attended since being with this organisation. It will certainly provide me with a good knowledge of what to look for while doing my job. Top presenter, and will certainly be recommending others to attend his courses.’
I learnt so much. I felt that I got really educated and will now have the information I need to pass onto my children.
I just wanted to say how interesting and informative I found your presentations on meth awareness last week. It was supportive, incredibly interesting, thought provoking and answered all of my questions about the effect meth use would have on someone’s health. To be honest the session totally exceeded my expectations. So thank you for taking the time to visit us in Dunedin.
Take care and thank you again.
“Dale’s presentation was provocative and engaging. We have had great feedback from many who attended. The content provided a foundation of what to look for around methamphetamine usage, particularly in homes with children, and was backed up with relevant statistics for our region. Insightful, informative and interesting – a must for the wellbeing of families, and those working with them in their homes.”
We attended your talk in Timaru yesterday – WOW it was so informative, eye opening & empowering.
It was very timely actually as last week we had a tenant evicted for non payment of rent & turns out the reason for this was she was dealing meth, we had only had this tenant since October last year, and it all went downhill at New Year when she met the wrong guy, had her kids taken off her & everything, we turned up to evict her & the police were there doing a raid….enough for supply. Found out today that our Meth Test was way below, which was a big positive.
We can now go into properties with our eyes wide open & what signs to look for. Just really wanted to say how much we enjoyed it & keep up the amazing work.
“You explored key issues facing our young people of today in any society and highlighted the implications this lethal drug can have on our community. Your ability to mix light humour with pertinent and somewhat sombre facts helped with the processing of this information. On behalf of our school community we would like to sincerely thank you, Dale, for this well received presentation about Methamphetamine. Thank you again for taking the time out of your schedule and evening to share your knowledge in this way.”
‘The comments from the staff since your presentation have been nothing but positive and have certainly now given them the confidence and the professionalism in dealing with possible customers affected by this drug, but more importantly the dangers or indicators to look out for when they do visit properties. I would like also to let you know that since your training the region now has a zero tolerance towards ‘P’ and we will be enforcing this rain, hail or shine.’
‘The presentation gave an excellent overview of the problem and a good awareness of what to look out for. This should be something that all staff and their families have access to viewing. The training is perfect as it is a real eye opener.’
“As I commented before this course was a real eye opener. They were very knowable about the drug and I like the way they showed the effects on the users and the people around them. It was an awesome course and I hope that more people get to experience it!”
‘The visual presentation of videos, resources were excellent. I have been to a number of Drug & Alcohol seminars, and the content has always been around facts and figures, boring stuff! This presentation was informative, enlightening and definitely useful in terms of my role when visiting whanau in rural areas.’
‘The best 4 hour presentation I’ve ever attended. The quality & content was very easy to understand, had high impact and kept my focus and interest. The balance between DVD/commentary & demo was great and the hand out material was excellent.’
Under law both employers and employees have a duty to ensure that the workplace is safe. A risk includes dangerous behaviour resulting from drug or alcohol use. Employees have a duty to take reasonable care for their own and others’ safety. Employees must comply with any reasonable policy or procedure relating to health and safety, including a policy on alcohol and drugs. Employers, managers and employees should be made aware of the signs that people give when alcohol and drugs use impairs their behaviour or performance and of the risks and responsibilities involved.Providing information and training should make everyone in the workplace more aware of the signs to look for, and of how to raise this with their manager or employer. It should be emphasised that the aim of providing information and training is about developing the right environment based on prevention. Using external people to lead information and training programmes can be a good approach. Managers and employees should participate in the programmes on an equal basis. Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
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