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2011 Through the maze: making treatment better symposium

Experts from around New Zealand, and from overseas, gathered in Wellington on Tuesday 30 August for a Drug Policy Symposium organised by NZ ......

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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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Christopher Kennedy Lawford visiting New Zealand

United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on Drug Dependence, Treatment and Care, Christopher Kennedy Lawford is visiting New Zealand this week to ......

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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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Review of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966

In the wake of the coroner’s calls for increased treatment facilities, the Ministry of Health outlines the proposed review of the Alcoholism......

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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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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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Mythbusters: One addiction at a time?

Who says people undergoing addiction treatment can't give up smoking at the same time? Mythbusters reveal new evidence and research challeng......

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Law & health must co-operate to reduce drug harm

A visiting British drug expert told the Healthy Drug Law Symposium in Wellington today that health and law enforcement professionals would b......

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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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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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Treatment smartest option for drug offenders

The New Zealand government could save millions of dollars by diverting New Zealanders with drug problems out of the court system and into th......

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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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Viewpoints: Should we use the word ‘addict’?

‘Addict’ may be a completely appropriate medical term, but could using it in a treatment environment actually do more harm than good?...

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Replace drug convictions with health referrals: Drug Foundation launches new model drug law

We're proposing a complete overhaul of New Zealand's drug laws. This is a start....

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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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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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Show me the money!

Whether we’re treating drug issues in the health sector or enforcing the Misuse of Drugs Act in the law enforcement and justice sector, addr......

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Viewpoints - Should ibogaine be an approved drug treatment?

In our third segment looking objectively at both sides of a contentious issue, we consider whether ibogaine, which some say is the new wonde......

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Guest editorial: Substance Addiction Bill briefing

Vanessa Caldwell, head of the addiction workforce development group Matua Raki, explains what is in the new compulsory treatment bill curren......

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Drug law reform needed to end Māori over-incarceration, says Drug Foundation

The government must urgently act to end the persistent failure by the criminal justice system to address disproportionate Māori reoffending ......

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Modernising New Zealand’s drug law

New Zealand’s drug law has been rejected as obsolete and out-of-touch by the Law Commission in its review - Controlling and Regulating Drugs......

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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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The truth we all need to hear

Korero Pono JustSpeak exhibition: Even the shortest prison sentence can be a life sentence for some....

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Portugal's Dr Dr João Goulão

Mythbusters: Drugs are legal in Portugal

After massively reforming its drug policy at the turn of the century, Portugal stands as a global leader of evidencebased policy grounded on......

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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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2017 Speaker & Soup registration

Following our July symposium, we’re keeping up the momentum with a new Speaker and Soup series to show people what Whakawātea te Huarahi is ......

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Health Not Handcuffs drug reform campaign launches

Seven public health and social justice organisations have combined to set up Health Not Handcuffs as a way for the people to express their s......

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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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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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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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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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Q&A: Kathryn Leafe

CareNZ's new boss talks to Matters of Substance about how she's gone from running treatement centres in prisons, to running the Soweto marat......

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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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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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Cheese, chocolate, watches - and heroin-assisted treatment

Switzerland’s national drug policy, introduced in the 1990s, comprises four pillars: prevention, therapy, harm reduction and prohibition. Th......

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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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Drug policy talk at Q Station, Sydney

Being sequestered at an abandoned quarantine station in Manly provided the perfect location for some deep thinking about drug policy researc......

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Drug law reform stacks up in dollar terms - new report

Cost benefit analysis undertaken by Sense Partners shows that the benefits of a package of drug law reform measures will outweight the costs......

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Online community 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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Online therapy tool to help people with pot

An innovative online therapy to help people reduce or stop their use of cannabis was launched today in Auckland....

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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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MPs told immediate health focused drug law change is essential

Drug Foundation submission supports amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act - with some misgivings...

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Q&A: Dr John Crawshaw

Dr John Crawshaw was appointed Director and Chief Advisor of Mental Health in November 2011. As the principal advisor to the government on m......

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Mythbusters: There is no such thing as cannabis withdrawal

Cannabis doesn't have the physical symptoms of withdrawl that other drugs have, but it does have it....

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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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Most people with addiction simply grow out of it: why is this widely denied?

The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the ‘ageing ou......

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Has NZ’s drug law passed its use by date?

A lot can happen in 40 years. The changes we’ve witnessed in Kiwi society are profound. Yet the Misuse of Drugs Act (1975) is essentially th......

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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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Economics of drug law reform

We've always known that drug law reform is socially responsible. Now we know it's fiscally responsible too....

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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 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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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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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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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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2019 Budget is a game changer

The big ambitions of the 2019 Wellbeing Budget show the government is willing to walk the talk when it comes to a fresh new approach....

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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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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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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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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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nov 2010 dutch style

Guest editorial: Compulsory treatment Dutch style

Treatment boss Robert Steenhuisen takes a firsthand look at a compulsory treatment facility in the Netherlands and makes some comparisions w......

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nov 07 end cannabis prohibition

Let's talk about pot

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The sky hasn’t fallen on: Australia

Some states in Australia removed criminal penalties for drug use and possession more than a quarter of a century ago, but the sky hasn't fal......

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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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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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NZ can have a compassionate, safe model for medicinal cannabis

Ross Bell and Kali Mercier address the Select Committee on the medicinal cannabis amendment bill...

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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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Mental Health Inquiry: Change of direction needed

The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry signalled a major direction change but provided no navigation rules. Who should plot the new course......

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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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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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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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About a drug: MDMA

In 1914, a clever scientist working for the German pharmaceutical company Merck created and patented the MDMA molecule. He obviously had no ......

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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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Hepatitis C – new hope on the horizon

Pharmac has recently started funding new drugs that have amazing curative effects for more than half of people in New Zealand with hepatitis......

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Drug Foundation impressed by revision of drug law

The Drug Foundation is extremely pleased with the Government’s announcement today of a complete review of the Misuse of Drugs Act....

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Amnesty period needed for 'legal high' possession

Police should hold off prosecuting people for possession of psychoactive products for the next six months, the New Zealand Drug Foundation u......

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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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There’s an app for that

There are new apps and programs designed to help your sobriety, but can technology replace face-to-face recovery? Sarah Peters takes a look ......

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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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All this talk about meth

Using meth? Worried about someone else's use? We've updated our MethHelp handbook and poster, which offer practical tips without judgement....

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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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The cruel 'C'

The outlook for those suffering from hepatitis C is pretty bleak. It's an unwelcome disease with unwelcome symptoms, and sometimes the cure ......

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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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About Us

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

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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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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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Q&A: Russell Brand

On the tenth anniversary of his recovery, comedian Russell Brand invited Matters of Substance backstage to the final show of his Australia a......

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Model Drug Law to 2020

The Drug Foundation is calling for a complete overhaul of our drug laws. A new model drug law sets out our thinking....

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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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Medicinal cannabis bill should take account of Māori traditional healing

The place of Māori traditional healing and the use of medicinal cannabis products ought to be considered by the medicinal cannabis amendment......

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Shifting to healthy drug law by 2020: 2017 Speaker and Soup

Following our July symposium, we’re keeping up the momentum with a new Speaker and Soup series to show people what Whakawātea te Huarahi is ......

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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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Viewpoints: Addiction is an equal opportunity disease

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

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Q&A: Dr Richard Di Natale

Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale worked as doctor before being elected a senator in 2011. It's no surprise, then, that he is a str......

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High time for good drug policy

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today called for all political parties to stop treating drug issues as a publicity platform and instead deve......

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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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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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Public mood swing: Have Asia’s brutal drug wars hit a nerve?

Recent teen deaths in the Philippines have sparked massive public outrage, and Mangai Balasegaram asks if this could mark a turning point in......

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Viewpoints: Medicinal cannabis paradigms, part 1

Dr David Caldicott argues that the evidence for its effectiveness seems real and that we should get on with exploring a medicinal regime in ......

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