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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

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?

Matters of Substance article

Myth: The current drug control system works to reduce availability, increase prices and mitigate risks from drugs.

Friday, May 30, 2014

A paper by United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director Yury Fedotov last year makes the bold claim that the current “drug control system reduces the availability of harmful substances and mitigates the high risks associated with their use… [and] drives their prices higher”. Mythbusters takes a look at whether this is true or not.

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

Should New Zealand allow medicinal cannabis?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Medical cannabis is a sticky issue. There is evidence that cannabis and products derived from cannabis can treat some illnesses and alleviate symptoms of others. On the other side, there are concerns about the efficacy of using a raw product as a medication and worries about availability. So should we allow medical cannabis to be prescribed in New Zealand?

The case FOR