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Black Power Eugene Ryder

Gangs trial new ways

Police, researchers, politicians and even gang members themselves will tell you that gangs play a significant role in the drug trade in this......

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Stemming the tide in the north

Te Ara Oranga pilot putting more support in place for people using methamphetamine and their whānau is already proving its worth. What next?...

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Responding in an emergency

The newness and number of synthetics mean that there are not substance-specific clinical pathways, however, general first aid helps....

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We're on your side

The death of a close friend made Black Power member Denis O'Reilly re-evaluate his own methamphetamine use. This is the story of one man's f......

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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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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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The best place in the world to be a child

After the Ha¯paitia te Oranga Tangata summit in August, Dennis O’Reilly started thinking about how to address the wicked criminal justice pr......

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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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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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East Coast community action

A number of CAYAD initiatives are helping East Coast youth to get on with it, instead of just getting out of it....

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Youth Stylze participants

Healing from the inside out

A new programme for students and by students has helped a troubled little community get back on its feet by getting young people to look inw......

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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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Where there’s smoke, there’s sugar

If there’s one thing Dirty Politics has made clear, it’s that astroturfing (masking who’s really behind the message) is alive and well in Ne......

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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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Local Alcohol Policies: Has the new Act delivered?

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

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Q&A: Gilbert Taurua

In May 2016, Gilbert Taurua joined the Drug Foundation to lead a new area of work promoting better drug laws for Māori....

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Where do you stand?

To keep up pressure for a move to healthy and just ways of dealing with drug problems, New Zealanders are invited to join the global Support......

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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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Kiwis urged to have their say on alcohol law reform

Concerned Kiwis and community groups are being urged to join the debate about alcohol law reform following the release of the Law Commission......

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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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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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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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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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“The drugs just didn’t work anymore” – Drug websites put a human face on addiction

“I don’t want to go back down that road. It’s very dark, very messy, and very lonely in spite of the fact it feels so loving, and so nice, a......

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Support. Don't Punish. in Aotearoa, 2015

On Friday 26 June, hundreds of New Zealanders will come together to stand for supporting, not punishing, people who use drugs....

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Getting tough on dealers

Simeon Brown has introduced an amendment to the Psychoactive Substances Act. Here's why it's not the answer...

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Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry says treat drugs as a health issue

Recommendation for government action on alcohol and other drugs, including removing criminal sanctions for personal drug use and providing a......

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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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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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Community responses to incidents

How to set up a community response group to co-ordinate any actions relating to a synthetic drug incidents...

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Synthetics Crisis

Over 40 people have died from synthetic drugs in the past year. We see this as a public health crisis, which requires an urgent response....

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Preventing overdose deaths - background paper

Better emergency overdose interventions are required to reduce the number of preventable deaths in New Zealand....

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Muddled thinking behind drug policy criticism

Wellington coroner Garry Evans has ignored best practice and a wealth of international evidence in his criticism of New Zealand’s harm-minim......

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Open letter to PM calls for addiction treatment funding boost

Gaps in access to addiction treatment have prompted 30 organisations to issue an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern....

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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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Harm Reduction International

HR17: Harm reduction from the users' perspective

Crucial lessons for New Zealand: Last month two Drug Foundation staff, Samuel Andrews and Gilbert Taurua travelled to Montreal, the architec......

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Statement of strategic direction 2018-2022

In November 2018 we released a strategy outlining the vision, values and priorities to bring about change....

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Stuck in limbo

20 deaths and still no meaningful action: Why is the Government still doing nothing about the synthetics crisis?...

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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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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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Mental health inquiry - line in the sand

Four sector leaders talk about what they would like to see come out of the government's mental health inquiry...

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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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Government action on synthetics drugs crisis applauded

The Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths is welcomed by the Drug Foundation. This is an important step towards treating drug use a......

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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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'Synthetic cannabis': primer

To get to grips with the tragic situation following reported deaths caused by consumption of unknown drugs, we have answered the key questio......

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In memory of Ben Hana

Ben Hana was seen by many as an oddity, but Wellington’s ‘Blanket Man’ was a symptom of a deeper problem and his passing a call to action. D......

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It’s about more than a referendum

A shift to a health-focused way of dealing with drugs in New Zealand is expected to accelerate under the new Labour-led government....

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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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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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Guest editorial: Sorry … but we just can’t wait around

Rethinking the mental health and addictions system and describing what success would look like is not a job for the faint hearted....

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The myth: Methamphetamine and minors

The statistics say it, the kids say it, health workers say it – “So why won’t society believe that meth dependence among Kiwi kids is rare?”......

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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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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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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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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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More Kiwi women open up about their struggles with booze

Living Sober's online community’s manager and Editor-in-Chief Lotta Dann today launched her second book, Mrs D is Going Within....

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Drug Law Reform

The Misuse of Drugs Act is outdated. It is time for modern drug law fit for the the 21st Century. The Drug Foundation is working for change....

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Urgent response to drug deaths: accurate information is vital

The NZ Drug Foundation is calling on the NZ Police to release test results for substances suspected of leading to deaths of eight people in ......

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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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Breaking the ice- how we will get through Australia's methamphetamine crisis

Worried that parents were getting misinformation about out-of-control methamphetamine use in Australia, Matt Noffs wrote a book to reassure ......

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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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Lessons must be learnt from meth report

The report into HNZ’s response to "methamphetamine contamination" contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies. The harms cause......

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Synthetics drugs crisis prompts petition calling for boost to health support

A petition calling on the Prime Minister to back up her call to treat drug use as a health issue is live now. Please sign!...

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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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Preview of Living Sober's new look and usability improvements

After a year of work behind the scenes, Living Sober is relaunching with a fresh new look and user experience improvements....

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Opinion: A brave, new drug policy

The National Drug Policy 2015-2020 is finally out. How does it stack up? Drug Foundation Principal Policy Advisor Andrew Zielinski looks at ......

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Early days for UNGASS 2016 declaration

Preparations are well under way for next April's UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, the outcome of which will be......

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Viewpoints: Is the jury still out on e-cigarettes?

Short of a pill that will magically take addiction away, are e-cigarettes the best smoking cessation device since the humble patch?...

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Let's talk about pot

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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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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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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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Talking to people using synthetics

If someone is around people using synthetics or already using them, they need information about safer use and how to access help....

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Commitment needed for international drug control

A visiting United Nations official told the Healthy Drug Law Symposium in Wellington today that the UN-led international drug control system......

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Taking the pulse of Māori public health

Restoring equality and addressing health outcomes for Māori come with many challenges. Matt Calman talks with four figures from the sector a......

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Resources

We can send you resources about healthy approaches to alcohol and other drugs....

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Model Drug Law: your feedback

Tell us what you think of the Drug Foundation's proposals for a complete overhaul of NZ's drug laws....

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To test or not to test

Drug testing in schools is rejected by some and embraced by others. So what is the score? Naomi Arnold hers from all sides of the issue....

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Living Sober members report positive influence

Valuable support is offered to people giving up drinking on the Living Sober website according to a survey of members conducted late last ye......

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The Retreat

On a leafy Ōtāhuhu street just off Auckland’s Southern Motorway is a new recovery centre called The Retreat. Utilising a ground-breaking res......

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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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nov 2009 needle exchange

Needle exchange comes of age

Neeedle exchange New Zealand has come a long way since its humble and controversial beginning. It's now turned 21, and congratulations are i......

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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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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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New Zealand Government must step up efforts to end the death penalty

Australian death penalty experts to visit New Zealand – Monday 21 September 2015...

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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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Opinion: Hurt people hurt people

Young people are often on the fringe of policy discourse, but JustSpeak, a youth-led organisation, has forged a strong voice on justice and ......

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Tūhoetanga

Ngāi Tūhoe and the Drug Foundation invited experts and community leaders to come together in Rūatoke to declare war on drug dependence....

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Kelly van Gaalen

Unequal treatment before the law

Kelly van Gaalen is a stand-up New Zealander 
– a real good sort. Right now though, she’s in prison....

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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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lotta dann

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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Viewpoints: Addiction is an equal opportunity disease

Can anyone develop an addiction? Viewpoints discusses....

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Parenting & substance use

Tips for parents and carers....

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Being in Relationship - Reimagining our addiction sector

Personal stories highlight the relationship between addiction and treatment....

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Guest editorial: Treatment as prevention? How about prevention as prevention?!

The priority for stopping the spread of hepatitis C should be on early prevention, argues Charles Henderson, National Manager of NZ's Needl......

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Methamphetamine testing reset: where are we at?

Watch: Ross Bell speaks about cleaning up after the meth myth, and read: what we think should happen from here....

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Enlightenment at the end of the maze

Our Through the Maze symposium in July was a starting point for change....

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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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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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Q&A: Ray Smith

The head of the Department of Corrections, Ray Smith, is grilled by Matters of Substance over its alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies....

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Talking to people using synthetics

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Community responses to incidents

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