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feb 2010 knowledge and attitudes

Knowledge of and attitudes to illegal drugs

Last year, the Ministry of Health published a report on what kiwis know and think about illegal drugs. Not all the findings were predictable......

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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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News, Media & Events

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

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Matters of Substance

Our regular Matters of Substance magazine is one way we share the best writing on drug policy and practice based on the best evidence availa......

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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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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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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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Getting the facts out is overdue

The tragic deaths in Auckland that were likely caused by new synthetic drugs is a wake up call....

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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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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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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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Opinion: Meth myth was allowed to go on for too long

Executive Director Ross says much suffering would have been avoided if run away methamphetamine testing had been tackled sooner....

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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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Two sides of Canadian drug policy: 2018 AGM talk

Get an update on Canadian drug policy at our AGM, from leading scientist Professor Benedikt Fischer who very recently arrived in Auckland fr......

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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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Support for cannabis law reform remains high in 2017

Public support for cannabis law reform is as strong as ever, as survey results released today by the NZ Drug Foundation show....

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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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Are we truly set up to support whaiora?

Tangi Noomotu suggests we need to take a good hard look at how much those working in the addiction field are asking of tangata whaiora....

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Q&A: Lizzie Marvelly

We introduce the Drug Foundation’s newest board member Lizzie Marvelly, who brings rich experience from the worlds of music, media and socia......

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A small triumph

Getting your fix of thought-provoking ideas about addiction recovery and drug policy is hard in a media that saturates us with stigma-laden ......

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nov 2012 defence of death

A defence of death

Big Tobacco has launched a massive campaign to try and stymie the New Zealand Government’s plans to follow Australia in plain packaging of t......

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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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may 2008 lore and leadership

Opinion: Lore and Leadership: Changing the smoking culture of Māori

Shane Bradbrook is passionate about shifting New Zealand's smoking culture, especially amongst Māori. With strong Māori tikanga and leadersh......

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Helen Clark outlines solid case for law reform

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark told people working in the addictions treatment sector we need a fresh approach to drug policy. This inclu......

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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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Tuari Potiki speaks at UNGASS

Opinion: Telling it like it is

Our Board Chairman Tuari Potiki told the United Nations General Assembly that indigenous voices must be part of the drug policy debate....

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Why sensible suggestions on drug law should not be ignored

The government’s initial response to the Law Commission’s report on drug law reform is disappointing. Minister of Justice Simon Power’s decl......

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the emperors new clothes

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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Q&A: A UK Liberal Democrat talks drug policy

Just after his resignation as Minister of State for the Home Office responsible for the drugs portfolio in November 2014, British MP Norman ......

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Opinion - Synthetic cannabis

It’s a glaring and obvious anomaly that substances like cannabis are illegal in New Zealand while “synthetic cannabis” – that has much the s......

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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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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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Opinion: Dear Politicians: drug policy matters in election year

In this message to New Zealand politicians, Kali Mercier, the Drug Foundation’s Senior Advocacy and Policy Adviser, explains why drug law re......

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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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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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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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Q&A: Greg O'Connor

Greg O'Connor has seen a lot of change since he was elected President of the NZ Police Association....

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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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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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Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs - public talk

Learn about recommendations from the Global Commission on Drug Policy in it's new report "Regulation: the responsible control opf drugs"...

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Legalising cannabis in Canada is good for public health

Canada’s decision to legalise and regulate cannabis is a public health win, and something the NZ government should look to emulate....

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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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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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Opinion: To reduce drug-related harm, it’s time to be honest about the pleasure

Acknowledging the reasons most people actually use alcohol and other drugs could help them use them more safely, argues Global Drug Survey f......

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Drug Foundation is backing a Yes vote

Following the announcement of the Government’s approach to the 2020 cannabis referendum, the Drug Foundation will be promoting a Yes vote....

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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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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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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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Viewpoints: Medicinal cannabis paradigms, part 2

Dr Sam McBride counters that the evidence isn’t all that compelling and that the risks are not yet fully clear – despite the naïve naturalis......

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Opinion: This isn't who I was born to be

Drugs can tear families apart. So too can the laws that police them. But family can also motivate users to put their lives back together aga......

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Regulating cannabis - a challenge we are more than up to

Cannabis legalisation is often presented as a yes/no question - but in reality, there are countless policy options....

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Viewpoints: Looking back to 1975 law reform

Four decades ago, the Bill that would become the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 was making its way through Parliament. Politicians, experts, comme......

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Viewpoints: Is it okay for NZ Police to interpret drug laws

The majority of New Zealanders support change to our cannabis laws, but the political appetite for this is low. Meanwhile, a drop in Police ......

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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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New drug law reform coalition calls for better outcomes for Māori

Māori health organisations Te Rau Ora and Hāpai Te Hauora have joined the New Zealand Drug Foundation and others to set up the Health not Ha......

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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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Is Norway set to spark a drug policy revolution?

Until recently Norway has been wed to conservative drug law. This looks like it will change in a recent, sudden and surprising turn of event......

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nov 07 end cannabis prohibition

Let's talk about pot

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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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Underdosing naloxone

Globally, an estimated 69,000 people die each year from opioid overdose. The drug naloxone can quickly block opioid receptors in the brain a......

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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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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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Taking the lead on drug regulation

Ruth Dreifuss and Helen Clark of the Global Commission on Drug Policy speak about the responsible control of drugs...

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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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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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aug 2012 storm in a pee cup

Storm in a pee cup

Drug-related impairment in the workplace is undoubtedly a serious issue and a legitimate concern for employers. But do our current testing p......

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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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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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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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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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Drug Foundation to host David Nutt in Wellington

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is hosting Professor David Nutt for a lunchtime presentation on ‘Drugs without the hot air: minimising the h......

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Misuse of Drugs amendment: A temporary fix while we address the real problem

MPs are currently hearing public submissions on a potentially significant change to our drug law - the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill. Here'......

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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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Introducing He Korowai Aroha, Health Not Handcuffs

A new movement called Health Not Handcuffs has been launched ahead of the cannabis referendum, calling for drug laws that give people a han......

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Medicinal cannabis law is a win for patients

Legal access to safe and affordable medicinal cannabis is a good thing for patients and carers. We remain critical about parts of the law, b......

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It’s not about the drugs

A new report has reignited the call for an even hand in the policing of drugs, citing figures that show the glare of police scrutiny is disp......

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What we do

Get an overview of the NZ Drug Foundation's work....

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Drug Foundation board vacancies: apply now

We are looking for new Trustees to join our voluntary board. Expressions of interest close Monday 6 May 2019....

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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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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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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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Rūātoki hui

We're hosting a hui in the Rūātoki, Eastern Bay of Plenty, on 31 August 2017 to talk about how drug law harms many Māori, and solutions to t......

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Viewpoints: Should New Zealand have supervised injection sites?

Supervised injection sites are legally sanctioned, medically supervised facilities designed to reduce harm from injecting drug use. Overwhel......

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Hawkes Bay hui

We're hosting a hui in the Hawkes Bay on 6 May 2017 to talk about how drug law harms many Māori, and solutions to this....

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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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Donate to help expand free drug checking at festivals

Help our PledgeMe campaign. We're asking New Zealanders to support the expansion of free drug checking services at more music festivals....

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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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Medicinal Cannabis Reform Workshops

Register for a workshop on the the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill in February/ March 2018....

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Drug testing

It is important for employers and employees to understand their rights, responsibilities, and facts when it comes to drug testing....

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Drug law harms many Māori, it's time we talked hui.

It's time to talk about drug law, and the harms it causes to Māori ensnared in the justice system because of minor drug offences. Hui in Te......

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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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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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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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The government is consulting on roadside drug testing – tell them what you think

Driver screening is one of many safeguards that must sit alongside legal, regulated cannabis. We’d like to see this resolved - but the tech......

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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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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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Regulating cannabis is the best option to protect public health

We all worry about the mental health risks of cannabis use by young New Zealanders. Right now, handing out a conviction and punishment is al......

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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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Mythbusters: Is P lurking behind New Zealand's picket white fences?

A growing number of property owners and potential buyers are testing houses for methamphetamine contamination as public awareness of the iss......

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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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