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Drug Information

The Drug Foundation firmly believes that knowledge and education about drugs are of utmost importance in reducing the risks to the individual and the community. 

Drug, and their use, impact on many of us and the people we care about. Like most social problems drug use is not a simple issue. The New Zealand Drug Foundation believes that access to accurate, clear information is essential if drug problems are to be reduced in the community. This website aims to provide comprehensive information in an easy-to-read style.

The menu on the left provides a wealth of information about common drugs in New Zealand. Here you can read about:

  • common drugs in New Zealand
  • the effects they have
  • the legal implications of their use
  • how to minimise the harm of using drugs
  • where to get help or further information
  • links to the latest research on particular drugs.

If you have any doubts, it is important that you first seek advice from trained practitioners. To talk to someone about your or someone else’s drug use, or for contacts of your local counsellor or treatment provider, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797 or visit