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To ensure the 52nd Parliament makes health a central focus of drug policy and law in New Zealand, the Drug Foundation has sent a comprehensive briefing to all MPs.

We are all concerned about the harm caused by drugs in New Zealand. But there are solutions. We need our politicians to see that these solutions are sensible and achievable.

We think we can achieve an Aotearoa free from drug harm, if we focus on these four priorities:

Priority 1: Keep young people in school and keep them safe.

Priority 2: Reform our laws to treat drug use as a health issue

Priority 3: Invest more effectively in prevention, harm reduction and treatment.

Priority 4: Reduce drug harm in communities and respond to emerging challenges.

There are also important government decisions to be made in 2018.

A number of important legislative reviews and amendments are already on the agenda for 2018. We make recommendations here on issues including law reform, medicinal cannabis, methamphetamine residue in houses and the upcoming review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013.

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