Watch: The New Plymouth teen putting drugs behind him and turning his life around

By August 7, 2017 Recent News

TVNZ One News 5 August 2017
A New Plymouth teenager whose been through some rough times is making the tough choices to turn his life around.

At just 16, Rajshan Featonby is checking himself into a drug rehab clinic after being on various drugs for four-years.

“I was about 10-years-old when I ended up with CYFS, I was about 12 when I had my first toke of marijuana and I was 13 when I had my first toke of synthetic cannabis,” the teenager said.

Now he’s voluntarily seeking out help in the hopes of righting the wrongs his addiction has caused his family.

When he was 10-years-old Rajshan was put into the care of a family out on a farm with people who he says treated him well.

“I didn’t like being there though because it wasn’t home for me, they weren’t my real family I couldn’t call them mum, I couldn’t call them dad, it was just hard for me.”

Now he is facing the court system over burglary charges, but hopes rehab will be another step on the way to positive change.

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