Drugs can cause social, health and economic harms, and the ongoing cost to individuals, whānau and communities is high.
Our current drug laws are no longer fit for purpose, and do not address those harms. We want the government to take a more compassionate approach to drugs, and to support people who are struggling instead of punishing them.
The Drug Foundation has been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates for over 30 years. During that time, we have relentlessly advocated for evidence-based policies and practices that will reduce drug harm and build a healthy society. We work closely with government agencies and the wider health sector to develop and promote best-practice solutions.
This section highlights some of our current policy areas. A key focus for us right now is advocating for drug use to be treated as a heath issue, not a criminal one. We are also advocating for responsible regulation of cannabis ahead of the 2020 referendum.
24 December 2021
09 December 2021
The response has been undermined by “war on drugs” policies that have fuelled marginalisation and stigma .
08 November 2021
A recent Police report into the impact of drug law changes shows that despite some improvement, huge inequities remain.
25 August 2021
The number of products are set to be slashed and prices are expected to spike when a transitional medicinal cannabis scheme expires in Octob...
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