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The International Symposium on Drugs and Driving

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Drug driving is a challenging issue confronting governments around the world – changing drug-use profiles and new drugs have increasingly focused attention on what has, until recently, been considered a health and social problem.

Work for the Drug Foundation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Senior/Principal Policy Adviser

Applications close Wednesday 19 November

Do you have the courage to champion complex ideas about critical health and social issues in a sensitive policy environment?

Here’s a chance for you to use your exceptional policy, advocacy and relationship building skills to effect change on issues relating to alcohol and other drugs.

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Matters of Substance August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

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History never repeats?

New Zealand’s history of drugs and the laws to control them

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Substance and substantiation

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tobacco plain packaging laws are an experiment that hasn’t worked.  

 Debate over Australia’s groundbreaking move to introduce plain packaging is heating up as tobacco companies claim the new law has led to a booming black market for cheap cigarettes instead of stamping out smoking.  

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I’m Lotta. I’m an alcoholic.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Lotta Dann, the journalist wife of TVNZ political editor Corin Dann and a mother of three, has outed herself as a recovering alcoholic and released a book, Mrs D is Going Without, which has quickly become a bestseller. Dann started writing an anonymous blog about her battle with booze nearly three years ago, and now it receives about 2,500 hits a day.  

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So should naloxone become more accessible in New Zealand?

Friday, August 1, 2014

In the United States opiates cause thousands of overdose deaths each year. Now Police officers and community members are being equipped with an antidote drug called naloxone to combat what has become a public health crisis. Making naloxone more readily available here would widen the safety net for overdose victims, a vital step if we follow international trends towards rising heroin use. Opponents argue broader access to naloxone could give drug users a false sense of security. So should it become more accessible in New Zealand?  


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Decriminalise cannabis, decriminalise Māori?

Friday, August 1, 2014

That Māori are more often criminalised for cannabis use is often used as another good argument for decriminalisation. But Hirini Kaa argues things are more complex and that, as many Māori probably know, decriminalisation won’t be the panacea proposed so often by privileged pākehā.  

OK, let’s get this out of the way: arresting and convicting people for the possession or use of a small amount of cannabis is stupid, counterproductive, racist and just doesn’t work. There, that was easy, wasn’t it?  

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Towards global drug policy pathways that work

Ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs in 2016, the Global Commission on Drugs proposes a new drug control regime for the 21st century. The experience of what regulation means in practice is informing policy, as Steve Rolles explains

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Face Trashed

Friday, August 1, 2014

Alcohol marketing on social media is cheap, successful and legal. But researchers say New Zealand should be attempting to control marketers’ sophisticated digital strategies to build brand loyalty with young Kiwis. Keri Welham reports. 

  There are more than 1 billion people on gargantuan social media network Facebook.