The scales have fallen from our eyes and there can be no doubt about the horror of our methamphetamine addiction and its impacts on our society.

The Herald documentary Fighting the Demon: Inside New Zealand's Meth Crisis presents stark figures such as the pace of this incubus - 3kg of meth seized by Police and Customs in 2003 exploded to 941kg in 2016.

But it is the lives laid to waste and the communities cratered as if a meteorite had slammed into them which is most sobering. New Zealand has abased itself to be among the highest