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New animation explains what every young person needs to know about methamphetamine

New Did You Know education resources for having a conversation about alcohol and other drugs are now available....

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Talk with young people

Did you know that having a conversation with young people about alcohol and other drugs is helpful. The Did you know? videos and tools make......

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Parenting and drugs

Tips for parents and carers....

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The cost of convicting young people

Our criminal justice approach under the Misuse of Drugs Act comes at a high cost to all involved, even just in terms of wasted tax dollars, ......

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Did You Know

Did You Know? Having a conversation with young people about alcohol and other drugs can reduce the harm that they sometimes cause. The Did Y......

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Respect: schools teaching critical thinking and harm reduction

Concerns were raised about a West Auckland school using a MethHelp booklet in the classroom. This was a good thing to do....

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The right message: Engaging teens and young people

Update on how 'peer crowds' research is being used to inform a range of youth-focused projects...

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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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New drug policy needed to prevent young New Zealanders dying

A report released today about the deaths of young New Zealanders from poisoning shows the need for a new drug policy, the New Zealand Drug F......

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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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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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Did You Know: The facts about synthetics

Our new Did You Know video and poster explain what synthetic psychoactive substances are, why they are so unpredictable and dangerous, and h......

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Honest alcohol and drug tools to help Kiwi teenagers

If you're regularly talking with teenagers and young people, it can be difficult knowing what to tell them about drugs. It's important to re......

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It's OK to talk about drugs in schools

Schools are being responsible teaching about drugs. Any debate about how best to do this is very welcome....

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Urgent synthetics response underway

The Drug Foundation is teaming up with over a dozen organisations to support the Ministry of Health in developing a coordinated response to ......

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Education & Schools

Supporting schools to address drug and alcohol issues, while keeping students engaged in education...

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Getting real about synthetics

Naomi Arnold takes another look at our alarming death rate from synthetic cannabinoids and at some real-world responses from people working ......

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Māori MPs reconsider drug law

A succession of reports show that Māori are affected significantly more than Pākehā by our drug laws. Russell Brown looks into the issues an......

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Peer Crowds

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About Us

Find out what the NZ Drug Foundation stands for, our plans and achievements, and who is involved....

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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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1-day symposium: Cannabis Conundrums and Other Drug Policy Challenge

A one day course exploring what it means to put in place a public health approach to drugs, and how do we get there. Wellington, 26 February......

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Being Safer

If you are using drugs, it is important to know the risks, your rights, and what you are using....

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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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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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Let’s take the ambulance to the top of the cliff

Not MDMA - the public needs to be warned about Nethylpentylone...

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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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Majority backs cannabis law change

A majority of the public favours a change to the legal status of cannabis according to a new poll commissioned by the NZ Drug Foundation....

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Drug checking

The Drug Foundation is calling for drug checking services to be available at venues such as festivals and nightclubs, to reduce harm caused ......

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Whole School Approach

To effectively ensure young people can thrive in a world where drugs exist, a Whole Schools approach is being promoted....

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febfast kicks off with a bang, still time to register

febfast kicked off 28 days of booze free bliss with a bang over the weekend and there is still time to register, febfast coordinator Natalia......

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febfast lite for sevens hangover

People who overdid it at the Wellington Sevens last weekend can give their livers a break for the rest of February by signing up to febfast....

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A week of firsts: Drug checking at O-Week

University O-week is about helping new students to find their feet before study begins in earnest. It's also become notorious for unruly par......

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Statement to the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem

New Zealand Drug Foundation civil society statement to the plenary of the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem...

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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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Looking after yourself

Even when your loved one really wants to change, being a successful support person isn’t easy....

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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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FebFast 2015 to tackle NZ's rape culture

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is partnering with Rape Prevention Education for FebFast 2015, which will challenge participants to experien......

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Shifting to drug law that works for Māori: Kaikohe Hui Report

Concerns at worrying levels of drug use within some communities in Northland underpinned calls for action at a hui run by the Drug Foundatio......

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Drugs in Bars

Information for New Zealand alcohol licensees and managers about the law and how to reduce drug problems through good policies, processes, r......

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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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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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Medical cannabis report disappointing

A report on medical cannabis published yesterday by the Health Select Committee is a disappointing once-over glance at a medicine that is of......

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Op-ed: Law change a comedown for legal high industry

Novel psychoactive substances first appeared in 2001, since then governments have repeatedly failed in attempts to ban this problem away bec......

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1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems

A third of New Zealanders have a family member who has experienced negative effects in their life due to alcohol or drug use, research commi......

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Review of Drug Utensils Regulation - submit now!

The Ministry of Health has recently taken an important initial step in addressing one of five priority areas of the National Drug Policy (ND......

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Practicing a public health approach to drugs: 2016 Speaker and Soup season

In 2016 we are finally seeing signs that public health, social support and drug policy do mix....

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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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Kicking off febfast with a bang!

The febfast challenge is kicking with a bang this year with two awesome events, febfast coordinator Natalia Albert said today....

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febfast registration free for an alcohol free February...

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Drug law enforcement discriminates against Māori

Māori are significantly more likely to be arrested and convicted for cannabis offences because drug laws are enforced in a discriminatory wa......

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Research links cannabis use with psychosis

Chronic cannabis use in early adolescence can make some people up to 11 times more likely to develop schizophrenia, the New Zealand Drug Fou......

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Cannabis risks underestimated

People who use cannabis generally under appreciate how easily they could become dependent and often mistakenly believe the drug has no real ......

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Conflict over cannabis shows need for conversation

New Zealand needs to have a serious conversation about the health and social impacts of cannabis in light of a recent survey which found con......

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Cannabis causes cognitive concerns

Regular use of cannabis can cause serious cognitive impairment that persists beyond the period of being high, a speaker at next week’s canna......

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Social and economic factors behind Māori cannabis use

Speakers at the New Zealand Drug Foundations cannabis and health symposium will be shedding more light than heat on the complex issues aroun......

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Cannabis and health: 20 years down the track

Twenty years on from the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s first cannabis and health symposium, Professor Wayne Hall is returning to New Zealand......

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International symposium to address fake pot

Questions about what exactly is synthetic cannabis and the latest research on pot imitations will be addressed at the New Zealand Drug Found......

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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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Response to volatile substance abuse needed

Communities need to be better supported to address the serious issue of volatile substance abuse (VSA), the New Zealand Drug Foundation said......

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NZ ready for healthy drug law

The overwhelming result in favour of decriminalisation on last night’s The Vote, shows New Zealand is ready to ditch our outdated drug laws ......

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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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New Zealand needs to do more to tackle overdose problem

Nearly every week in New Zealand a person dies from an opioid overdose. If you're not aware of our overdose problem, you're not alone - we d......

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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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Drug Policy Briefing to the Incoming Parliament 2014

The Briefing to the Incoming Parliament (BIP), a policy brief prepared by the Drug Foundation for all parliamentarians, was publicly release......

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Forty thousand febfast thanks

By pushing pause on booze for February hundreds of New Zealanders have helped raise over $40,000 to support young people with alcohol and ot......

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Legal high law almost there

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today made its submission to the Health Select Committee on the Psychoactive Substances Bill saying it was a......

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nov 2008 not what the doctor ordered

Not what the doctor ordered

A full understanding of the seriousness of our prescription drug misuse problem is only now beginning to emerge. It seems the 'drug seeker' ......

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nov 2008 matter of trust

A matter of trust

Worried parents resorting to drug tests may also be testing the relationships they have with their kids....

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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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aug 2008 coming clean on meth

Mythbusters: Coming clean on meth

It's widely held that methamphetamine addiction can't be treated. Mythbusters look at what providers are doing to check whether this is true......

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may 2008 drug classification

The drug classification alphabet

An un-evidence-based mess...

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may 2008 pot black market

Let's talk about pot: Black Market forces

At $1 billion, New Zealand's cannabis black market would equate to one quarter the size of New Zealand's entire legal horticulture industry.......

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may 2008 swedish model

Mythbusters: How attractive is the Swedish model?

A 'drug-free society' is an attractive proposition, and one pursued with vigor under Sweden's drug policy. Mythbusters sizes up the model to......

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feb 2012 after the wire

After 'The Wire'

Popular TV show The Wire is a disturbingly realistic portrayal of an American city ravaged by violence, corruption and a thriving drugs trad......

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feb 08 into my arms

Into my arms: Injecting drug use in New Zealand

Chris Wilkins and Charles Henderson compare findings on injecting drug use behaviour from the Illicit Drug Monitoring System and Needle Exch......

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nov 07 end cannabis prohibition

Let's talk about pot

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aug 2007 alcohol poverty development

Guest editorial: Alcohol, poverty and development

Øystein Bakke writes about alcohol as the two-edged sword of the developing world. Its problems are a burden to families and communities str......

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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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feb 2007 tinny house

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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Fast results for febfast

After 28 days of pushing pause on booze, hundreds of New Zealanders are feeling happier and healthier due to febfast, febfast coordinator Ja......

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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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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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Press pause on booze for Feb

For the third year running, New Zealanders are being challenged to give up alcohol for the month of February to raise money to support young......

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feb 2009 through the maze

Through the maze - healthy drug law reform

The Law Commission's review of the Misuse of Drugs Act cannot come soon enough. The Drug Foundation has some ideas about how a new Act shoul......

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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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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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aug 2011 mob mumzys

Mob Mumzys moving and shaking

Mongrel Mob women in Proirua are taking positive steps to make better life choices in an environment where drinking and drug taking are the ......

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aug 2011 russian roulette

Playing Russian roulette

Seems the inventor of the psychoactive chemicals found in synthetic cannabis products has little nice to say about the profiteering purveyor......

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aug 2011 should nz introduct drug courts

Viewpoints: Should New Zealand introduce drug courts?

Drug courts are effective in helping offenders face up to their addictions and get the help they need. Or are they just an expensive waste o......

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may 2011 interview steve walsh

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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Latest Updates: See more updates

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Urgent synthetics response underway

The Drug Foundation is teaming up with over a dozen organisations to support the Ministry of Health in developing a coordinated response to ......

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It's OK to talk about drugs in schools

Schools are being responsible teaching about drugs. Any debate about how best to do this is very welcome....

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Honest alcohol and drug tools to help Kiwi teenagers

If you're regularly talking with teenagers and young people, it can be difficult knowing what to tell them about drugs. It's important to re......

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Respect: schools teaching critical thinking and harm reduction

Concerns were raised about a West Auckland school using a MethHelp booklet in the classroom. This was a good thing to do....

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About Did You Know

These tools and resources were initiated by the Counties Manukau AOD Provider Collaborative and the New Zealand Drug Foundation with support from Odyssey. Expert advice and participation from young people were used in their development. Creative by Mohawk Media and Mōca.