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About the NZ Drug Foundation

Drug use can cause social, health and economic harms to individuals, families, and communities. This includes harms caused by tobacco and alcohol. Preventing and reducing drug-related harm is the challenge the New Zealand Drug Foundation has taken on.

We have been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates for more than 25 years, advocating for policies and practices based on the best evidence available. We recognise drugs, legal and illegal, are a part of everyday life experience, so we are safety focused and take a harm reduction approach in all our work.

The Drug Foundation is a registered charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 (No. CC27025). Our work is supported by government funding, corporate and private grants and donations, and by our members.

We are working towards five strategic outcomes


Law and public policy in New Zealand encourage more positive responses to prevent drug harm


The alcohol and drug sector's impact on the prevention and treatment of drug harm is more effective


New Zealanders' attitudes and behaviours about drug use positively change


Effective responses to drug harm are found for new and emerging challenges


Young New Zealanders stay engaged in education


What we do

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Strategic Direction | Mahere Rautaki 2013-17

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