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Dozens of New Zealanders have died since mid 2017 after they used synthetic cannabinoids. Hundreds if not thousands have developed problematic use or experienced serious negative side effects such as psychosis.

There are many things communities can do. Leading a response in your area could include education about harms to discourage use, ensuring those who use are safer, intensively supporting people that are struggling, and start addressing key factors like homelessness or unstable housing arrangements.

 

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