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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

ChEckiT out

Friday, May 30, 2014

The dance party scene is renowned for being up with the latest and best dance-enhancing substances. But sometimes things can go wrong. ChEckiT is an integrated drug checking service in Vienna that helps party goers make good decisions. Jackson Wood went along to a rave to check it out.

It’s only 11pm. The party hasn’t started yet, and the ChEckiT team are busy setting up their stall in the chillout room at WUK. It’s a small table, but it’s a small table that has changed the face of dance parties in Vienna.

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

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

Will they ever learn?

Friday, May 30, 2014

If a student turns up to class stoned, they might be kicked out of school. Or they might have a restorative conference with their teachers and wha-nau, receive drug counselling and health education and be excluded from attending their school ball. Which approach is better for the student, their peers and society? Keri Welham reports.

Harry was expelled from high school for committing burglaries in school time.

Matters of Substance article

Directors cut

Friday, May 30, 2014

Those of us living in Wellington, New Zealand’s political hotbed, are rightly accused of speaking our own language. It’s foreign to those outside of the “beltway” and it consists of insider code words, nudges and winks.

There is one particularly insidious word that I loath for its cynicism: ‘Optics’. Often spoken by government policy advisers, optics is code for “how does this look?” or “how can we spin this?”

Matters of Substance article

Erowid et al

Friday, May 30, 2014

Politics, the law and logistics make it difficult for official resources to provide frank, up-to-date information on psychoactive drugs. That’s where websites like Erowid and Bluelight come in. Russell Brown finds that it’s not only drug users who find them helpful.

“Heart” … “panic” … “paranoid”. What drug are we talking about here?