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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Win a copy of new memoir by Living Sober’s Editor in Chief, Mrs D

Win a copy of Mrs D is Going Within by simply retweeting or sharing a giveaway post by NZ Drug Foundation or Matua Raḵi from their Facebook ......

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Addiction treatment in New Zealand requires urgent change

Addiction treatment in New Zealand has been seriously underfunded for many decades, National Addiction Centre Director Professor Doug Sellma......

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Drug treatment policy often misguided says criminology professor

Overcoming problem drug use has much more to do with addressing socio-economic factors than physiological or psychological addiction, a Drug......

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New GCDP report, feat. Rt Hon Helen Clark    

Helen Clark: Decriminalising drugs is the “hardest of all issues.”...

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Keep calm and keep to the facts about novel synthetic substances

Dear media: In the stampede to get the story out first, please check your facts....

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Police discretion for drug offences needs greater health funding

Greater funding for health and social services is urgently needed for changes to Misuse of Drugs Act to be effective....

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Mythbusters: Cannabis 20 times more carcinogenic than tobacco?

Recently, the British Lung Foundation claimed that, contrary to popular belief, smoking a cannabis cigarette is up to 20 times more likely t......

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Medicinal cannabis: What now?

Members of both Government and Opposition parties have let patients down by failing to reach an agreement on medicinal cannabis. So what now......

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Methamphetamine in NZ

Understanding the basic facts about methamphetamine is vital as respond to problematic use....

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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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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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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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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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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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Let's talk about pot

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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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Without warning

New Zealand has little in the way of a drug early warning system for emerging substances and usage trends. Rob Zorn summarises the issues an......

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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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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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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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Viewpoints: Should we be concerned about rising PIED use?

Performance and image-enhancing drugs are substances taken by people who want to improve their sporting performance or physical appearance. ......

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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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Proposed medicinal cannabis regime ticks most boxes

Government is consulting on medicinal cannabis regulations. Submissions are due by 9 August 2019. Patients are urged to have their say....

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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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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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Reducing drug demand a good investment

The Drug Foundation welcomed the Government’s increased investment in reducing demand for drugs, released today in a pre-budget announcement......

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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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Putting anti-drug rhetoric on ice

There has been a proliferation of anti-meth approaches across the Antipodes based more on fear than facts. Nicole Lee uncovers some of the f......

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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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Getting animated about drug tests

Drug testing is common practice in some industries and widely accepted as necessary, so advising people against it can seem counter-intuitiv......

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Guest editorial: Alcohol advertising: what's the problem?

While advertising of alcohol keeps spreading and spreading, the industry denies this leads to more harms. The evidence says otherwise, and s......

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The drug classification alphabet

An un-evidence-based mess...

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About a drug: Alpha-PVP

Alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone - also known as alpha-PVP, gravel, flakka or niff - is one of a number of recreational drugs in the 'bath sal......

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Bizarre behaviour

Bath salts. Police and media keep blaming them for bizarre behaviour. But, as
 Russell Brown writes, perhaps they need also to have a look a......

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Mythbusters: It sounds too much

Estimated values of seized drugs can be mind-bogglingly huge. In June 260 kg of heroin was seized by the NZ Navy and was estimated to be wor......

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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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Big tobacco hires whaling guy to astroturf

Is the Association of Community Retailers really a grass roots group of mum and dad corner dairy owners? Or is there some 'jiggery-smokery' ......

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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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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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Turning tide on compulsory treatment

Slave labour. Torture. Forced participation in medical research. It reads like an account of some bleak, distant chapter of human history – ......

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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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Mythbusters: Is meth really all that bad for you?

In November 2011, scientists from Columbia University published a study on the effects of methamphetamine use. What made this study stand ou......

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aug 2010 drugs and music

When drugs and music overlap

Recent research from Berkeley suggests there may be some truth to stereotypical associations between drugs and music people choose....

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nov 2010 cannabis potency

Mythbusters: Cannabis potency

Police and the media say ESR tests conducted this year prove cannabis in New Zealand has become a whole lot stronger. But just what did thes......

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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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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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2017 Parliamentary Drug Law Symposium

Read about what happened at Through the maze: Healthy drug law parliamentary symposium, 5-6 July 2017....

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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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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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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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mos oct 2017 we should have known

We should have known

The recent extraordinary spate of 20 deaths linked with synthetic cannabinoid use could have been avoided. Russell Brown talked with those w......

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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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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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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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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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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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About a drug: Methamphetamine

Amphetamine, meth’s parent drug, was first synthesised in Berlin in 1887 by Romanian chemist Lazâr Edeleanu, but its potency as a central ne......

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fake it till you make it

It looks like cannabis, it has cannabis in the name, but is synthetic cannabis really cannabis? James Robinson investigates the health effec......

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Once an addict always an addict, right?

Chloe King uses her own addiction and recovery experience to issue a forthright challenge to some of the common ‘armchair diagnosing’ belief......

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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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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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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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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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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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Many follow the Silk Road trail

Amberleigh Jack embraces the dark side to investigate hidden and illicit drug marketplaces online....

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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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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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Pissing in the wind

Hollywood holds a seemingly ambivalent attitude to its portrayal of drug use. For every movie that paints a realistic picture, there are a h......

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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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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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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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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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Cartoon by Dave Granlund: Tobacco prices are killing us

Viewpoints: A price too far?

In this edition, Viewpoints looks at whether tax increases are an effective public heath tool to reduce tobacco consumption and finds the an......

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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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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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Rebuilding lives, rebuilding communities

If the treatment sector gets someone into recovery is the job complete? Or is there more that can be done?...

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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 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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Q&A: Darien Fenton

Darien Fenton is standing down at the next election after nine years in Parliament. The outgoing Labour MP recently opened up in The New Zea......

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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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Harsh cannabis laws defy good sense

Drug legislation and policy tend to focus too much on enforcement and tough-talk and too little on evidence about what really works, a visit......

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P: New Zealand’s P history

Redmer Yska traces the development of amphetamine manufacture and its history of use in New Zealand...

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Early warning system

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! A new drug has emerged. Unlike Lost in Space, we don’t have an early warning system for emerging synthetic dr......

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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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Drug policy symposium an unprecedented event

Organisers are calling this week’s Healthy Drug Law Symposium the most significant drug policy discussion in New Zealand’s history....

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What can we learn from the psychedelic renaissance?

A history of psychadelics, from white coats and hippies to modern research into depression, addiction and trauma....

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