Meth til Death
Tuesday 03 July 2018 2018 12.30-1.30pm
Presenter: Rangi Pou
Coming from a challenging neighbourhood, Rangi Pou grew up in Napier, Hawke’s Bay and as a young man growing up surrounded by Gang culture, Drug and alcohol abuse and constant violence he sought to make his own mark in the world through similar means.
At the age of 15 Rangi was introduced to Methamphetamine and by no coincidence at the same age became involved with NZ’s Gang culture, by the age of 16 he was living in a spare room at a Brothel hooked on methamphetamine and using any means necessary to acquire the drug including aggravated robbery, theft, extortion and various other criminal acts
At the Age of 17 he was arrested and imprisoned for Threats to Persons and Aggravated robbery. By the age of 25 Rangi had seen a close friend and a family member commit suicide whilst under the influence of methamphetamine. At the age of 25 he himself attempted to commit suicide in the hope of escaping the carnage that followed his own addiction to methamphetamine. In 2010, Rangi made some powerful positive choices that changed his life forever.
Rangi shares his heart-wrenching story of hope to schools, councils and organisations all over the country and abroad.
With years of experience working with disengaged youths and adults, Rangi has devoted his life to helping people “Choose to Change” from the same destructive cycle he was once trapped in.
Rangi is now a husband, Community Leader, Motivational Speaker and Hip Hop artist and the founder of “Choose to Change”
Rangi shares a combination of facts and figures about Meth use – what it is, costs, issues around its use and some insight into his own personal journey through growing up in a gang culture, meth addiction, the journey to a better life and his current activities.
This is an inspiring and absorbing presentation.
- Have a basic knowledge of methamphetamine use in Aotearoa
- Know why meth is so addictive
- Have knowledge of the effects of meth use on our communities and on individuals
- Have knowledge of the change agents when helping people recover from addiction.
ANZASW Practice Standards 3,4,5,7,8, & 9 SWRB Core Competencies 2,3,4,5 & 8