New Zealanders use drugs. That use can cause harms and add social, health and economic costs to individuals, families and communities. Preventing and reducing those harms is a big challenge for New Zealand, and it's a challenge the New Zealand Drug Foundation has taken on. Resources are available within New Zealand only.
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Are you worried about volatile substance abuse?
Are you a retailer? Go to our ‘It’s time to talk’ site for information about selling and managing volatile substances, inhalants, gases, etc.
We have also produced a hard-copy resource for parents, teachers and community members who are worried about volatile substance abuse. This brochure supports our on-line volatile substance abuse site ‘It’s time to talk’ and can be ordered through the site, or here.
Looking for more specific help with a certain drug?
Visit our drughelp.org.nz, methhelp.org.nz or pothelp.org.nz.
These sites share the stories, experiences, insight and hope of people who have been there - people who have used and abused drugs and found a way through.
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Get the Msg! is a FREE drug information service via mobile text messaging. It provides people credible and factual health and safety information about drugs in a discreet and accessible way wherever they are and at anytime of the day.
User's text the name of a substance to DRUG (3784) and receive a short health and safety message back, with links to the Drug Foundation website and the Alcohol Drug Helpline.
Get the Msg! demonstrates a new way of getting through to populations traditionally hard to reach, It's up to health providers to trail a bit of innovation - it has certainly worked for us! So get texting!
Go here for the straight up facts on Get the Msg!
Go here for our Matters of Substance article about Get the Msg!
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Parents and Communities
‘The Time for Action is now. What can we do’ is a hard-copy resource for parents, teachers and community members who are worried about volatile substance abuse.
This brochure supports our on-line volatile substance abuse site ‘It’s time to talk’ and can be ordered through the site, or here.
Order the 'Volatile Substance Abuse - It's time to talk' brochure on the VSA site.
The Volatile Substance Guide for Retailers is web-based and can be found on the VSA site.
The website has simple tools to help retailers, including ways to improve in-store displays and signage, training on handling difficult customers, dealing with emergencies and ways to improve security. It also has video clips of shop owners and health workers talking about the issue.
Retailers are able to order a range of materials from the website to support their decision to act responsibly when selling volatile substances. These materials are free. Resources include a window sticker spelling out the retailer's right to restrict the sale of volatile substances, a counter pad, a poster for staff and a shelf talker.
Order Volatile Substance Guide for Retailers support material here..
Read our Matters of Substance article about this.