4 May 2011

American Samoa judge urgs counselling to curb drug abuse

1:42 pm on 4 May 2011

American Samoa's Chief Justice, Michael Kruse, has again highlighted the need for counselling and rehabilitation services to counter the territory's drug problem.

He said that more than severe penalties were needed when last week sentencing a woman who was supplying methamphetamine and a man in his 30s who was a user.

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller, has more details:

"Although American Samoa has received federal funding for this kind of rehabilitation programme, the court has highlighted that there dosen't seem to be any programme in existence and I think the Chief Justice was really bringing out that there needs to be not only drug rehabilitation programmes but also the need for the legislature to pay attention that these drug laws are not working."

Our correspondent in Pago Pago, Monica Miller