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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.

Drug Reporter

What: New Zealand Drug Foundation 25th anniversary speaker and soup series
Péter Sárosi & István Gábor Takács from Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
30 July, Soup served at 11:30 am. Speakers talking from 12:00-1:00 pm
Where: Abel Tasman Hotel, 169 Willis Street Wellington

Education panel

What: New Zealand Drug Foundation 25th anniversary speaker and soup series
Who: Ben Birks Ang (Odyssey House) and Martin Henry (PPTA)
When: Soup served at 11:30 am. Speakers talking from 12:00-1:00 pm, 26 June
Where: Abel Tasman Hotel, 169 Willis Street Wellington

Work for the Drug Foundation

We currently have no open vacancies.

  • Our Communications Adviser role was recently advertised, but has now closed.

Applications closed Friday 4 July 2014.


Communications adviser

New Zealanders quite like their drugs, the legal drugs like alcohol and illegal ones like cannabis and methamphetamine. That’s not necessarily a good thing.

Matters of Substance article

10,000/1,500/15 Breaking the silence on responsible drug use

Friday, May 30, 2014

It’s time for responsible users to speak up and be part of the drugs conversation, argues Stuart McMillen. Only then can the world begin to understand that not all drug users are damaged, addicted lowlifes.

Here’s the deal: I’m 27 years old, which means I have been alive on this planet for 10,000 days.

During that time, I used alcohol on about 1,500 days. Additionally, I used caffeine (from tea) about 1,500 times.

Matters of Substance article


Friday, May 30, 2014

While LSD is often painted as the psychedelic equivalent of a tie-die t-shirt, the new, nefarious n-bomb is portrayed as a potent potion of peril. This new hallucinogen, often sold as acid, is another example of how new psychoactive substances are scaring the world.

Matters of Substance article

Q&A — Darien Fenton

Friday, May 30, 2014

Darien Fenton is standing down at the next election after nine years in Parliament. The outgoing Labour MP recently opened up in The New Zealand Herald about her addiction to heroin in the 70s and subsequent recovery thanks to the methadone programme. Matters of Substance asked her what it was like to be the first sitting New Zealand MP to openly talk about their addiction.


Q When did you realise you might have had a problem with drugs?

Matters of Substance article

International drug reform is happening – just not as we expected

Friday, May 30, 2014

Reform of international drug policy seems inevitable, but questions remain. “How broad will the reforms be and how long before a new stable governing equilibrium is reached by the UN system?” asks John Collins.


Matters of Substance article

There’s an app for that

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are new apps and programs designed to help your sobriety, but can technology replace face-to-face recovery? Sarah Peters takes a look at how new apps are aiding recovery.

You might not know it yet, but your best friend and worst enemy in recovery may be the same tool you use every day – your smartphone.