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FebFast 2015 to tackle NZ's rape culture

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is partnering with Rape Prevention Education for FebFast 2015, which will challenge participants to experien......

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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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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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Five wonderful years of FebFast NZ

The Drug Foundation has reluctantly decided FebFast New Zealand will not be run again....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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HR17: Harm reduction from the users' perspective

Crucial lessons for New Zealand: Last month two Drug Foundation staff, Samuel Andrews and Gilbert Taurua travelled to Montreal, the architec......

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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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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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febfast registration free for an alcohol free February...

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Kiwis excited to experience a month off alcohol

Starting this Sunday, New Zealanders from around the country are taking part in FebFast, an annual fundraising campaign that challenges part......

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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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About Us

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

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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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Cracking good prevention

Fences at the top of cliffs are preferable to ambulances at the bottom. We know cannabis can cause harm, so how do we prevent people from us......

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Survey reveals drug driving concern

Results from the Drug Foundation’s survey into driving and drugs suggest “cannabis driving” is a serious road safety issue in New Zealand....

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Mythbusters: Ignorance isn't bliss - The harm reduction debate

We never expected support from the Vatican, but why do so many who should know better still believe the myths about harm reduction?...

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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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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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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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A week of firsts: Drug checking at O-Week

University O-week is about helping new students to find their feet before study begins. This year, OUSA offered free drug checking....

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Whānau first for Mental Health & Addiction Inquiry

Taking a whānau, social and cultural approach to Māori wellbeing...

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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: Beau Kilmer

Before Beau Kilmer gave a keynote address at the Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference in Brisbane, we invited the RAND Corporat......

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Drug Policy Briefing to the Incoming Parliament 2014

The Briefing to the Incoming Parliament (BIP), a policy brief prepared by the Drug Foundation for all parliamentarians, was publicly release......

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What alternative to the War on Drugs?

Drug control in the form of prohibition or a ‘War on Drugs’ has been a spectacular failure, a visiting American expert told a symposium in W......

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shifting to drug law that works for Māori: Kaikohe Hui Report

Concerns at worrying levels of drug use within some communities in Northland underpinned calls for action at a hui run by the Drug Foundatio......

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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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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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Moving to a healthy drug law by 2020

NZ Drug Foundation has developed a new model drug law based on evidence and experience. We believe it makes a lot of sense and would go a lo......

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oh, Vienna!

For some, the 57th Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna this year was disappointing. For others, there were glimmers of hope....

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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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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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Review of Drug Utensils Regulation - submit now!

The Ministry of Health has recently taken an important initial step in addressing one of five priority areas of the National Drug Policy (ND......

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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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Fixing the cost of alcohol

Will a minimum alcohol floor price, as recommended by the Law Commission, help make a dent in New Zealand’s binge drinking culture? Catherin......

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Guest editorial: Towards global drug policy pathways that work

Ahead of the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs in 2016, the Global Commission on Drugs proposes a new drug control regim......

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The UNGASS 2016 primer

The next UNGASS on drugs has been brought forward from 2019 to 2016. That's still a year away, but at a UN level, this amounts to blisterin......

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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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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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Drug law reform - A global snapshot

In light of the Law Commission's review Sanji Gunasekara looks at recent efforts in other jurisdictions to reform drug law....

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A Kiwi in the land of legal cannabis

The Drug Foundation's Stephen Blyth visits US states where it's legal to possess, use and sell cannabis...

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Q&A: Costing drug policy options

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub talks to Emma Espiner about a new report that makes the case for a health-based approach to drug policy as not onl......

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Guest editorial: Alcohol, poverty and development

Øystein Bakke writes about alcohol as the two-edged sword of the developing world. Its problems are a burden to families and communities str......

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War and Drugs

Today, more than ever, armies around the world are dealing with serious substance abuse problems and the mental health issues that result. N......

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Pounding a Helpful Beat

What would happen if Police and the justice system put less emphasis on punishing people and more on steering them towards support? Catriona......

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Synthetic cannabinoids - too many unknowns

Nathan Brown reports on a Drug Foundation-led information gathering and sharing exercise aimed at reducing harm from synthetic cannabinoids....

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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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Guest editorial: Sorry … but we just can’t wait around

Rethinking the mental health and addictions system and describing what success would look like is not a job for the faint hearted....

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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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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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UNGASS 2016: Hopeful global voices

What can the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problem achieve? In this feature, we share perspectives from ......

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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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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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2015 in review

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting we looked back at the Drug Foundation’s work over the last twelve months, and ahead to the big challenges......

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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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UNGASS 2016: What prospect for change?

The NGOs closest to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem in April aren't expecting dramati......

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Change is in the air at CND in Vienna, c 2015

This short report outlines key themes from the meeting of parties to the United Nations Convention on Narcotic Drugs, in Vienna 9-17 March 2......

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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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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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Getting the measure of meth

With a host of agencies diligently working together to tackle New Zealand’s meth problem over the last six years, it’s timely to ask how thi......

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No longer the healthy option

20 years on from the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s first cannabis and health conference, Keri Welham takes a look at Aotearoa’s most widely ......

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What to do with 'high' school students

For many teenagers, alcohol and other drugs are part of everyday life. But is kicking drug taking kids out of school the best solution we've......

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How well are pre-charge warnings working?

Pre-charge warnings have quietly become a valuable new tool in the policing tool box and an effective way of getting minor crime out of an o......

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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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