Recently retired community mental health nurse Cathy Long has worked in the industry for more than 55 years, 45 with the Hawke's Bay District Health Board. Hawke's Bay Today reporter Astrid Austin talks to her about the rise of methamphetamine and how it changed her job for good.

Cathy Long's warm eyes and smile light up her face, and her Irish wit immediately obvious.

She's good at putting people at ease.

"I remember I was buying cottons for my son in Hastings and I was getting in the car and this lady says, 'Cathy you don't remember me but you