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Sounding the drug war retreat

There are clear signs that the global consensus on drugs is becoming increasingly fractured, writes Ann Fordham....

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UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change?

The NGOs closest to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in April aren't expecting dramati......

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aug 2012 the real threat

Opinion: Drugs and Development: The Real Threat

Ann Fordham argues that the UN may be its own worst enemy in addressing global drug and crime links....

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2019 Budget is a game changer

The big ambitions of the 2019 Wellbeing Budget show the government is willing to walk the talk when it comes to a fresh new approach....

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Drug policy talk at Q Station, Sydney

Being sequestered at an abandoned quarantine station in Manly provided the perfect location for some deep thinking about drug policy researc......

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Police discretion for drug offences needs greater health funding

Greater funding for health and social services is urgently needed for changes to Misuse of Drugs Act to be effective....

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Shulgin was known to many as the “Godfather of ecstasy”

Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin was born on 17 June 1925 and died, aged 88, at home in California on 2 June 2014....

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Doing LAPs

With few Local Alcohol Plans (LAPs) in place, communities are forced into being reactive when faced with new applications for liquor licence......

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Face Trashed

Alcohol marketing on social media is cheap, successful and legal. But researchers say New Zealand should be attempting to control marketers’......

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nov 2011 alcohol withdrawal

Mythbusters - Death by withdrawal

Can a person chronically dependent on alcohol really die if they abruptly stop drinking? Or is this just another clever excuse not to part w......

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aug 2011 benefit in doubt

The benefit in doubt

Welfare beneficiaries who use alcohol and drugs are likely to be targeted under a new, tougher regime if recommendations by the Welfare Work......

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Drug Foundation supports Minister's drug policy process

The Drug Foundation welcomed drug policy minister Jim Anderton’s announcement today to consult with the wider community before changing the ......

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Kiwis excited to experience a month off alcohol

Starting this Sunday, New Zealanders from around the country are taking part in FebFast, an annual fundraising campaign that challenges part......

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Mental health review stirs hope for change

The Government’s promised mental health and addictions review is off the starting block....

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Win a copy of new memoir by Living Sober’s Editor in Chief, Mrs D

Win a copy of Mrs D is Going Within by simply retweeting or sharing a giveaway post by NZ Drug Foundation or Matua Raḵi from their Facebook ......

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Briefing to the Incoming Parliament 2017-2020

New approach to dealing with drug use by HNZ tenants a welcome move

The Drug Foundation welcomes the Government’s announcement that Housing New Zealand will adopt a new policy when it detects methamphetamine ......

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It’s going to take more than a referendum to sort out NZ’s drugs issues

In a new policy briefing sent to MPs, the Drug Foundation lays out drug policy priorities for the next three years....

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Government’s medical cannabis bill will address current barriers

The Drug Foundation welcomed the government’s announcement to establish a government-run medical cannabis scheme as part of its First 100 Da......

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News, Media & Events

Read all the latest news, media releases and event notices/ reports from the NZ Drug Foundation....

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Use powers in existing law says Drug Foundation

The announcement of changes to the Psychoactive Substances Act to remove currently approved ‘legal highs' from sale is disappointing due to ......

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The Great Cannabis Debate

Two heavyweight international drug policy experts will be debating whether a legalised market for cannabis is the best option to reduce harm......

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Why Maori must lead on drug law reform

When will world leaders, politicians and community leaders admit that our punitive approach to the drug problem isn't working?...

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2015 in review

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting we looked back at the Drug Foundation’s work over the last twelve months, and ahead to the big challenges......

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International Overdose Awareness Day: Guest Blog

Every week a New Zealander dies of an overdose. Sadly, many of these deaths are entirely preventable, but the stigma surrounding injecting d......

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Opinion: Don't freak out over changing drug laws

Kiwis should have another look at their drug laws, writes Ross Bell, Drug Foundation executive director...

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Change is in the air at CND in Vienna, c 2015

This short report outlines key themes from the meeting of parties to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs, in Vienna 9-17 March 2......

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Mythbusters: P and tinny houses

Stories about P being pushed at tinny houses are now regular media fare. Just how true are such claims? Mythbusters pick away at the fiction......

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Helen Clark joins global drug policy commission

Former Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark as the 25th member of the highly respected Global Commission on Drug Policy. The appointment is a w......

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feb 2009 ketamine

Mythbusters: Ketamine: not just for horses, also for badgers

The media's delight in describing ketamine as a horse tranquiliser is doing nothing to help convey a clear understanding of relative drug ha......

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Interview with Steve Walsh

Steve Walsh is now sober and enjoying a life of mountain biking and art galleries. When he takes the field at this year’s Rugby World Cup, h......

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may 2011 cool to stay in school

More cool to stay at school

Schools often believe they have no other option but to suspend students using alcohol or drugs, even though exclusion will only make the sit......

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feb 2011 alcohol cheaper than water

Mythbusters: Is alcohol cheaper than bottled water?

New Zealand research got tounges wagging around the world by claiming some alcohol costs less than bottled water. Surely that can't be true,......

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nov 2010 dutch style

Guest editorial: Compulsory treatment Dutch style

Treatment boss Robert Steenhuisen takes a firsthand look at a compulsory treatment facility in the Netherlands and makes some comparisions w......

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nov 2009 alternative education root cause

Mythbusters: Alternative education - the root cause of drug use?

Is 'Reefer' one of the Three Rs in New Zealand's alternative education system? Mythbusters look at what the NZCER report really said about A......

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aug 2012 give teens alcohol

Viewpoints: Should you give your teenager alcohol?

Viewpoints asks if you should provide alcohol to your teenage child. Is it just adopting mediterranean attitude toward alcohol or could you ......

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aug 2012 cannabis tobacco

Mythbusters: Cannabis 20 times more carcinogenic than tobacco?

Recently, the British Lung Foundation claimed that, contrary to popular belief, smoking a cannabis cigarette is up to 20 times more likely t......

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If it’s not true to label, then what are people taking?

With the summer festival circuit over for another year, some people will be looking back on a close shave they had as a result of using drug......

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nov 2011 community clinic that could

The little community clinic that could

It may be small and operating out of a makeshift office on the fringe of a devastated city, but don't be fooled. A formal evaluation suggest......

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may 2012 politics and drugs

Opinion: The frustrating politics of drug reform

Home and abroad, even politicians favouring reform eventually reach an end to what they’re willing to say about the war on drugs. But Russel......

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Where there is life, there is hope

Harm reduction is about saving lives and treating people with respect. While we led the world with the first government sanctioned needle ex......

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Mythbusters: New Zealand has the highest drug use in the world

Do we really? Or is it just that our bean counters are better at counting beans than others. Find out!...

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Little by little

Sex addicts are comic gold, coffee addicts are the epitome of urban cool, but drug addicts? Media coverage always needs two sides, so when t......

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Catching up with reality

world of psychiatric diagnosis with the impending launch of the DSM-V. Will the omissions, inclusions and changes spell a radical shift for ......

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The politics of price

Good policy is often at the mercy of politics, with evidence put aside for raw expediency. Alcohol-related harm in the UK was at the forefro......

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Future drugs

All around the world, things are rapidly changing. There are signs the War on Drugs may be running out of steam, new technologies promise ne......

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Drivers of change

What hope is there that this is the direction law makers will take in our new Parliament? Emma Espiner examines the prospects....

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Russell School

How we see things from our front gate

In 2011, Russell School became the centre for one small neighbourhood’s battle. Its success in reducing harm from a poorly managed local liq......

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Yury Fedotov

Why the UN needs civil society

Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime writes about the important role of civil society....

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Cannabis causes 32 deaths each year in New Zealand... Really?

All drug use has a risk of harm, which can include death. This Viewpoints argues either side of the question: Does cannabis cause 32 deaths ......

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Q&A: Russell Brand

On the tenth anniversary of his recovery, comedian Russell Brand invited Matters of Substance backstage to the final show of his Australia a......

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aug 2012 bizarre behaviour

Bizarre behaviour

Bath salts. Police and media keep blaming them for bizarre behaviour. But, as
 Russell Brown writes, perhaps they need also to have a look a......

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Clearing the smoke

Cannabis is now widely accepted as a medical treatment, but does it have the evidential backing of other medicines? From herbal remedies to ......

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About a drug: Khat

Across the Horn of Africa, there is a scraggly plant that grows in the dry hillsides and sandy rocky soils. Its small green leaves and avera......

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Q&A: Kofi Annan

United Nations Secretary-General and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Kofi Annan took time to answer questions from Matters of Substance a......

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Decriminalisation of kratom in Thailand

Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves have long been used medicinally and recreationally and, more recently, as part of trea......

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What’s going on in the smoke filled rooms?

Around the world, tobacco giants are making it known that plain packaging legislation will meet with forceful litigation in international co......

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Growing alternatives

The United Nations has been encouraging development of alternative crops in poorer drug-producing countries for more than a decade and a hal......

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Synthetic solutions: the global response to ‘legal’ highs

In country after country a vast array of new psychoactive substances, rapidly spread via online sources, is causing havoc for law and policy......

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Erowid et al

Politics, the law and logistics make it difficult for official resources to provide frank, up-to-date information on psychoactive drugs. Tha......

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On addiction and the politics of compassion

Mental health is notably on the agenda this election (and hopefully post-election). Given our suicide rate now sits at a heart-breaking 606 ......

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Guest editorial: 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 regim......

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Drugs once legally used for medicinal purposes were ultimately restricted. Māori man smoking a pipe, 1847.

History never repeats

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

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Most people with addiction simply grow out of it: why is this widely denied?

The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the ‘ageing ou......

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Mythbusters: All heavy drinkers are alcoholics

That guy who is notorious for getting legless at every social gathering might be called an alkie or an alcoholic behind his back. But the la......

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A court that heals

Offenders opting to come under New Zealand’s first Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court choose a stretch of healing, rather than jail time......

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How well are pre-charge warnings working?

Pre-charge warnings have quietly become a valuable new tool in the policing tool box and an effective way of getting minor crime out of an o......

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Our ‘psycho’ psychoactive substances legislation

New Zealand’s Psychoactive Substances Act has been described as world leading and incredibly innovative. But during 2014, public moral apopl......

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Voting for change was the easy part

As state regulation of cannabis moves forward in several US states, it’s too early to say how the legalisative experiments will turn out. Pr......

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Dunne slays party pill hydra

New regulations for synthetic drugs announced today will help move New Zealand’s obsolete drug law into the 21st century the New Zealand Dru......

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Opinion - Politicians need courage to achieve drug law reform

The Law Commission’s report on drug law reform is timely, smart and welcome. Now our politicians need the courage to respond....

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Price matters – Why the Government should reconsider its stance on raising alcohol excise tax

In light of the industry’s ongoing brazen attempts to seduce and recruit new generations of drinkers with pocket-money priced booze, our Gov......

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Well done on tobacco tax Prime Minister. Why not for alcohol?

The Drug Foundation added its support to the Government’s surprise announcement of an increase in the tobacco excise tax effective from toni......

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Main point of meth plan missed

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today expressed its strong support for the Government’s “Tackling methamphetamine” action plan, saying the i......

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Time for political consensus on alcohol

The Drug Foundation is urging all political parties to support a new alcohol bill announced by the government today, saying the bill address......

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Alcohol review over promises, under delivers

The Drug Foundation today described the government’s alcohol policy proposals as feeble, saying they are a soft political response to a seri......

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Drug Foundation impressed by revision of drug law

The Drug Foundation is extremely pleased with the Government’s announcement today of a complete review of the Misuse of Drugs Act....

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Reducing drug demand a good investment

The Drug Foundation welcomed the Government’s increased investment in reducing demand for drugs, released today in a pre-budget announcement......

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High time for good drug policy

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today called for all political parties to stop treating drug issues as a publicity platform and instead deve......

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Viewpoints: Should we be concerned about rising PIED use?

Performance and image-enhancing drugs are substances taken by people who want to improve their sporting performance or physical appearance. ......

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The UNGASS 2016 primer

The next UNGASS on drugs has been brought forward from 2019 to 2016. That's still a year away, but at a UN level, this amounts to blisterin......

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Principal Sose Annandale stands in front of a wall of positive messages at Russel School

Appealing for community

In the February 2013 issue, we featured the story of Russell School in Cannons Creek, Porirua, which became the centre and focus of successf......

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The snowball and the avalanche: medical cannabis in Australia

Stories of personal suffering are appearing more frequently in the Australian news, and that's paved the way for medical cannabis. Andrew Mc......

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Mythbusters: gangs target middle class kids

Minister Judith Collins recently claimed the Head Hunters are working with Black Power and the Mongrel Mob to sell methamphetamine to privat......

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UNGASS 2016: Hopeful global voices

What can the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem achieve? In this feature, we share perspectives from ......

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The victims of Russia's war on methadone

Up to 100 users of opioid substitution therapy drugs have died in Crimea since Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014 and banned thei......

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Has NZ’s drug law passed its use by date?

A lot can happen in 40 years. The changes we’ve witnessed in Kiwi society are profound. Yet the Misuse of Drugs Act (1975) is essentially th......

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A conviction is for life

The consequences of a youthful drug conviction continue to have profound and unfortunate impacts on Barry's life....

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Show me the money!

Whether we’re treating drug issues in the health sector or enforcing the Misuse of Drugs Act in the law enforcement and justice sector, addr......

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Getting the measure of meth

With a host of agencies diligently working together to tackle New Zealand’s meth problem over the last six years, it’s timely to ask how thi......

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Cartoon by Dave Granlund: Tobacco prices are killing us

Viewpoints: A price too far?

In this edition, Viewpoints looks at whether tax increases are an effective public heath tool to reduce tobacco consumption and finds the an......

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Where are we at with alcohol reform?

It's been 4 years since new liquor laws passed. They were supposed to reduce problematic consumption of alcohol without impinging on respons......

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Portugal: putting health and welfare at the centre of drug policy

With solid evidence showing punitive approaches to drugs do not work, the question that arises is what to do instead? In this first instalme......

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Veronal: who remembers veronal?

Redmer Yska delves into the dramatic side effects of a popular barbiturate....

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P: New Zealand’s P history

Redmer Yska traces the development of amphetamine manufacture and its history of use in New Zealand...

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Poor foundations – testing homes for meth gone awry

Across New Zealand, tenants are losing their homes and possessions – or receiving debilitating bills – because their houses are found to be ......

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Local Alcohol Policies: Has the new Act delivered?

Local Alcohol Policies promised more community participation. Has the new Act delivered?...

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Pounding a Helpful Beat

What would happen if Police and the justice system put less emphasis on punishing people and more on steering them towards support? Catriona......

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USA drug policy in the early days of Trump

We’re just a few months into the new Trump-led America, and while some of his initial appointments are troubling, there’s no clear indicatio......

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