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.
Confused about your children and drugs? Order free resources from us
We publish a booklet which is a starting point for conversations about safety between adults and children aged from 5 to 12. It provides information about a range of safety issues for young people, and discusses how we can best encourage young children to keep themselves safe.
Order Safety first: Helping children to stay safe here.
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.
Are you a school teacher or drug educator?
Go here to order our primary school drug resource, Primary Pathways, and for links to relevant school drug education information.
Are you an employer, or employee?
In cooperation with ACC and ALAC, we have produced this guide for workers and employers about managing alcohol and drug issues in the workplace. Order your free copy here.
Get the Msg! Drug information on your mobile phone
Get free, fast and factual drug health and safety information sent confidentially to your mobile phone, 24/7. Find out more.
Are you a retailer worried about volatile substance abuse?
Go to our ‘It’s time to talk’ site for information about selling and managing volatile substances, inhalants, gases, etc.
Looking for more specific help with a certain drug?
Visit our drughelp.org.nz and methhelp.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.
Get the Msg! Information for generation text
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!
Get the Msg! promotion cards
These wallet sized cards are useful to hand out to young people so they can Get the Msg!
To order yours FREE, fill this form below or call us on 0800 378 474.
Resources for schools - Primary Pathways
Our children grow up in a society in which the use of legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, is commonplace. For children to be in the best position to make responsible, informed choices about drugs for themselves, they need to be provided with drug education that offers many opportunities to explore appropriate knowledge, attitudes, skills and strategies within a supportive environment. It is the role of schools, teachers, parents and the community to help children make responsible and informed choices about drug use.
Primary Pathways is a teaching resource developed for use in primary schools across New Zealand. It provides teachers with an up-todate, easy to use drug education resource, which takes into account current educational trends towards integrating curriculum in primary schools.
The content, structure and learning strategies used in the resource are based on the latest New Zealand and international research into effective drug education.
This resource is FREE for primary schools and educators. A maximum of 4 copies are avaliable per school. If you require more than four copies please contact us.
To order your FREE copy, fill this form below or call us on 0800 378 474.
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.