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aug 2009 defeating the breathalyser

Mythbusters: Blown away: defeating the breathlyser

We take a look at various theories on how to mask your alcoholic breath when you're asked to blow in the bag....

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aug 2011 drug courts

Guest editorial: Drug courts - there is a better way

Gerald Waters lost a dear friend to a repeat drunk driver and became bewildered at our justice system's failure to address substance use as ......

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Drive drug free

Drug impaired driving is when substance use is the cause of impairment. Many prescribed medications can cause impairment....

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Me and my interlock

The government has announced mandatory alcohol interlocks for some convicted drink drivers. Our correspondent talks about what it's like to ......

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Prevention first

Police are uniquely placed to be first responders to alcohol, drug and mental health call-outs in our communities, but how do they fare? New......

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Viewpoints: The BAC and the 'Know your limit' guidelines

At the end of last year, NZ lowered its legal blood alcohol limit. How has that affected drivers and the hospitality industry?...

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Drink driving drop good news

The New Zealand Drug Foundation supports the Government’s move to lower the allowable blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcoho......

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2nd International Symposium on Drugs and Driving

The 2nd International Symposium on Drugs and Driving was hosted in Wellington to confront the challenges of responding to drug impaired driv......

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Survey reveals drug driving concern

Results from the Drug Foundation’s survey into driving and drugs suggest “cannabis driving” is a serious road safety issue in New Zealand....

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Bringing the perils of drug driving to the Wellington waterfront

Visiting Wellington this week is a public education campaign which challenges drivers who think driving after smoking cannabis is okay....

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International spotlight on drug driving

The lack of a thorough understanding about the complex issue of drugs and driving must not be an excuse for inaction – this is the theme of ......

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aug 2011 dope driving

Mythbusters: Dope driving: I'm a safer driver when I'm stoned - crap or fact?

Many pot smokers who smoke and drive will say they're fine to get behind the wheel. Mythbusters looks at the evidence to see whether this is......

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New campaign to help young New Zealanders Steer Clear of drug driving

A new campaign which shows young New Zealanders that cannabis can impair driving, and which supports young people to find alternatives to dr......

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aug 2012 slug of the drug

A Slug of the Drug

What's to be done about caffeine and alcohol mixed beverages, the popular poly-drug choice of the recently post-pubescent?...

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Driving high

Cannabis and cars don’t mix. We know pot causes impairment, but just how much, and is it even that dangerous? Damian Christie looks at one o......

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Awesome New Zealanders give up booze for Feb

A star-studded line up of awesome New Zealanders are supporting febfast by giving up booze during February....

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feb 2011 blue monday

Opinion: The Debate down at Goodbye Blue Monday

Where better to talk about alcohol law reform than at the pub? Christchurch CAYAD co-ordinator Mike Moss reports on how an organised debate ......

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feb 2011 hello sunday morning

Hello Sunday Morning

We talk with Chris Raine, a remarkable young Australian whose innovative and courageous online programme is helping many question and overco......

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Longer hours, more harm

The Government can still change the Alcohol Reform Bill to address harm caused by long trading hours of alcohol retailers, the New Zealand D......

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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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aug 2007 drinking like french

Mythbusters: Drinking like the French

The fact that the French encourage their kids to drink wine has led to a rosy utopia of sensible alcohol consumption. We read that on the In......

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Alcohol

Alcohol is produced when grains, fruit or vegetables ferment and are distilled....

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nov 2008 drinking hard times

Mythbusters: Drinking during hard times: Wheres the proof?

It's commonly believed that we drink more when times get tough economically, but the data suggests that ain't necessrily so....

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Why such a weak response to restricting alcohol marketing?

While the Government is proposing to adopt, in part or whole, the majority of the Law Commission’s 153 recommendations for alcohol law refor......

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GHB

Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) was originally synthesised for use as an anaesthetic. Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) is a more potent version of GHB....

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On the road to reducing drug harm

The Drug Foundation was delighted to bring together a wide mix of people to deliberate on the intricacies of drug-driving policy at Te Whare......

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nov 2012 myths moderate drinking

Opinion: Myths and moderate drinking

Economist Eric Crampton on why maybe a drink a day does keep the doctor away....

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nov 2012 alcohol helps forget

Mythbusters: Alcohol helps us forget

Mythbusters takes a look at whether alcohol, the go to of many people in a crisis, will actually help you forget your problems....

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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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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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Cracking good prevention

Fences at the top of cliffs are preferable to ambulances at the bottom. We know cannabis can cause harm, so how do we prevent people from us......

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Opinion: A nation in denial?

It’s coming on Christmas, and with it, will come the usual increase in alcohol and other substance-induced family violence. Being good Kiwis......

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Lizi's living sober

Living Sober member Lizi Reese talks about the role alcohol played in her life and her long road to sobriety....

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Putting the ‘bi’ into binge

Emma Hart suggests there’s a reason why bisexual people binge drink more than straight dudes and dudesses and that the biphobic media aren’t......

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About a drug: powdered alcohol

We may not have heard much about it before, but powdered alcohol (just add water) is nothing new....

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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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Guest editorial: Hello Friday Afternoon?

Finding ways to address problem drinking one day after another takes a lot of creativity and ingenuity. Hello Sunday Morning founder Chris R......

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Half-arsed febfast heats up fundraising

With fourteen days gone and fourteen to go there is still time to do a half-arsed febfast, febfast coordinator Jackson Wood said today....

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Longer course on alcohol and other drugs

Teaching high school students about drugs and alcohol before they are of legal age is having a positive effect on students at Taieri College......

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Ross Bell: Let's face up to our drinking problem

New Zealand has always prided itself on punching above its weight. Our sporting heroes succeed despite limited resources and the small popul......

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Chris Rattue

Chris Rattue tells other people’s stories. He is a writer who makes his living as a journalist, sports reporter and columnist for The New Ze......

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Viewpoints: Pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels

In 2011, a trans-Tasman food labelling review, led by New Zealand, recommended the introduction of pregnancy health warning labels on alcoho......

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feb 2009 serious drug crime

Sentencing for serious drug crime - How tough are we?

What could be a worse crime than dealing drugs? Not much, according to our criminal justice system....

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may 2010 does alcohol make you fat

Mythbusters: Does alcohol make you fat?

Studies indicate that how alcohol affects your waistline may depend on your age, sex, location, weight, health, social status, profession or......

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Good booze news from across the ditch

In late November 2014, the Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare released its full report on the 2013 Australian National ......

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Public encouraged to speak up on alcohol law reform

New Zealand is on the brink of some of the most significant amendments to its alcohol laws, but communities need to speak up about their des......

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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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Alcohol and the illusion of coping

Personal story: Nadine Hura reflects on her own bitter-sweet relationship with alcohol...

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may 2012 fixing cost alcohol

Fixing the cost of alcohol

Will a minimum alcohol floor price, as recommended by the Law Commission, help make a dent in New Zealand’s binge drinking culture? Catherin......

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Download our report into the misuse of prescription medications

This recent exploratory research showed 30% of surveyed students had used prescription drugs in a recreational manner....

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Steer Clear wins health improvement award

The team behind the Steer Clear road safety campaign received a Ko Awatea 2015 International Excellence in Health Improvement Award in Auckl......

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The world watches

To legalise, or not to legalise: that is the question. Colorado, Washington and Uruguay have decided to go ahead with allowing the recreatio......

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NOV 2009 wheres the line

Where's the line?

A new ALAC-sponsored website may help licensees and bar staff better manage their responsibilities under the Sale of Liquor Act....

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

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 ......

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It’s high time we talk about pot

Bud, chronic, dak, dope, ganja, grass, maryjane, reefer and skunk. We all know the slang terms for cannabis. Half of us have tried it, and o......

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Alcohol Reform Bill: “Meh”

The passing of the Alcohol Reform Bill into law today was met with a resounding “meh” by the New Zealand Drug Foundation....

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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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Party pill marketing branded irresponsible

The Drug Foundation today called for a halt to all advertising of party pills, saying that the practice of marketing social drugs may contri......

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Five wonderful years of FebFast NZ

The Drug Foundation has reluctantly decided FebFast New Zealand will not be run again....

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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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e-Support for sobriety

A growing number of people are turning to the internet for help with their sobriety, finding online tribes of like- minded people wanting to......

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Mythbusters: Firms should encourage workplace ‘drinkies’

Last year, media seized on research that seemed to show using alcohol could have incredible benefits in a white collar work environment....

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feb 2011 sport under the influence

Sport under the influence

Alcohol industry sponsorship has been a goldmine for sport in New Zealand, so much so that many clubs say they couldn't survive without it. ......

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Drug Foundation launches alcohol action plan

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today launched a comprehensive plan to reduce the harm that alcohol causes in New Zealand society....

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Māori enterprises gear up for medicinal cannabis market

Some Māori enterprises are gearing up to win a share of the medicinal cannabis market when the law is changed. Two enterprises tell their st......

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New website reaches New Zealand's hidden problem drinkers

People struggling with their alcohol use now have a new online place where they can go to get help anonymously from others with similar expe......

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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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What to expect when Canada legalises

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction's CEO Rita Notarandrea explains just what cannabis legalisation might mean for mean for her c......

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A remarkable lifetime achievement

Tihi Puanaki – a driving force behind award-winning kapa haka group Te Kotahitanga for more than four decades – has just won a Lifetime Achi......

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Are you old enough?

Rob Zorn tackles the thorny issue of how to set a legal cannabis purchase age...

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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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Decriminalise cannabis, decriminalise Māori?

That Māori are more often criminalised for cannabis use is often used as another good argument for decriminalisation. But Hirini Kaa argues ......

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nov 2009 formidable major

A formidable major

Small in stature but a tower of strength, Lynette Hutson ranks highly among New Zealand's alcohol and other drug workers....

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You're invited to talk about what young people do when alcohol causes problems

Young people and professionals are invited to join a workshop in Wellington or Dunedin during September to give ideas about what young peopl......

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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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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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febfast: prizes, events, friends

New Zealanders are four days away from embarking on the febfast challenge and a chance to feel healthier, win prizes, and help support young......

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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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Oh, Vienna!

For some, the 57th Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna this year was disappointing. For others, there were glimmers of hope....

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Reducing cannabis health harms

There is a wide spectrum of views on how much (or, in some cases, even whether) cannabis causes harm. Rob Zorn examines how harmful cannabis......

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Q&A: Dr Huhana Hickey

r Huhana Hickey (Ngāti Tahinga, Whakatōhea) is a research fellow at the Auckland University of Technology and an outspoken medical cannabis ......

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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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Mythbusters: Yeast spreads can be used for brewing alcohol

Is Vegemite - a true blue Aussie spread - being used to make homebrew alcohol in remote Aboriginal communities?...

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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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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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Mixed messages: Finding a way through the drugs minefield

Personal story: Growing up surrounded by both positive and negative aspects of drug and alcohol use....

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US Elections bring big win on cannabis ballots

Amidst the media storm about the election of Donald Trump to President of the United States it was easy to miss the other big news on 8 Nove......

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Q&A: Beau Kilmer

Before Beau Kilmer gave a keynote address at the Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference in Brisbane, we invited the RAND Corporat......

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Q&A: Lizzie McMillan-Makalio

Trained social worker Lizzie McMillan-Makalio is manager of the site known as Wesley Community Action-Waitangirua, where six community servi......

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Wet in Wellington

Rob Zorn talks to Downtown Community Ministry about the plight of Wellington’s addicted and homeless and why the principle of ‘housing first......

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Q&A: I’m Lotta. I’m an alcoholic.

Lotta Dann, the journalist wife of TVNZ political editor Corin Dann and a mother of three, has outed herself as a recovering alcoholic and r......

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Q&A: Tariana Turia

Māori Party Co-leader Hon. Tariana Turia has mounted a personal crusade against smoking and has been a staunch advocate for Māori health and......

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Viewpoints: Straight edge: the discipline

The non-stop rock ’n’ roll party lifestyle often overshadows the music itself. Yet one musical genre explicitly rejects these excesses and o......

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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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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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Opinion: Make love not war

Kyle MacDonald talks to author Johann Hari about his new book Chasing the Scream....

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Guest editorial: Equally Well

An initiative to address unequal access to physical health care received by people receiving mental health and addiction treatment is alread......

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All eyes on Canada: What we can learn

Kali Mercier travelled to this year’s ISSDP Conference in Vancouver recently, to see how their approach to drug policy can help inform our o......

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aug 2008 high school students

What to do with 'high' school students

For many teenagers, alcohol and other drugs are part of everyday life. But is kicking drug taking kids out of school the best solution we've......

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How synthetics became a public health crisis

How we got here was not by accident, but due to a series of legal changes with unintended consequences. Samuel Andrews explains how the synt......

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Practical advice for homeowners and landlords on meth testing

Worried about meth contamination? Should you test for meth resudue, and what if a test comes up positive? And what does it mean for your in......

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Don't delay acting on synthetic cannabinoids

Winston Peters warns Government officials to take urgent action to stop further deaths from synthetic drugs...

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Q&A: Chlöe Swarbrick

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick speaks to Q&A about her reaction to the medicinal cannabis bill, and what life is like as a new MP...

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