Synthetic seller named, shamed

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A sign naming Super Save as the local business selling legal highs has been met with relatively positive feedback.

A sign, which reads: ‘SUPER SAVE sells legal highs. It’s destroying our community’ was placed directly outside the store yesterday.

Waitaki Safer Community Legal High Working Group’s Derek Beveridge, who assisted with the sign, said their aim was to publicise the fact these damaging substances were being sold in the community.

Mr Beveridge said the feedback had been positive although one buyer showed their disapproval yesterday morning.

“Someone tried to pull the signs off it this morning but they couldn’t, so that was then they shifted the thing instead,” he said.

He said he was pleased so far by the effect the sign was having and was willing to place it outside any shop that decided to sell it.

The Oamaru Mail visited the store yesterday afternoon but the employee refused to comment.

Oamaru Police Community Constable Bruce Dow said he had spoken to the owner of the shop about the sale of the synthetic cannabis products.

Constable Dow said he knew of six different products being sold there.

He said he had expressed concern about the effect the products were having on the community to the owner of the shop, who is not based in Oamaru.

He said a number of Oamaru residents, young and old, were using and becoming dependant upon synthetic cannabinoid products.

The shop owner did not respond to requests for comment from the Oamaru Mail.

By Jessie Waite and Rebecca Ryan