[ Skip to main content ]

The Drug Foundation works closely with Government, to help bring about meaningful change to the way New Zealand deals with drugs. Our latest Briefing to the Incoming Parliament, released in December 2020, was sent to every sitting MP elected in the October 2020 General Election. 

While it's mainly a policy document, it also provides a good overview of the work we do and explains the rationale behind our strategy. You can download a copy of it here:

Like everyone, we are concerned about the harm caused by drugs in New Zealand. Recent changes like greater investment in treatment, moves to legalise drug checking, and the new High Alert early warning system give us real hope for the future. However, we still have a long way to go. 

As we see it, there are some relatively easy changes that could make a big difference. But we'll need to underpin those with deeper reform, if we're going to shift our framework to a health-based approach. Some recent flagship reports have made excellent suggestions for how the Government can move forward, and this briefing sets out our recommendations for putting those into action. 

Here are our five high-level recommendations:

NZ Drug illustration in orange,  with a music festival at the left, Tuari Potiki speaking at the UN, a Marae by the beach, families picnicking, etc - moving to an image of parliament with a hand holding a booklet that reads "2020 drug law"

More in this section:

State of the Nation 2022-redirect

Read More

Related See more

STD Pae ora forum 2023 v1

NZ Drug Foundation Lived and Living Experience Forum: Pae Ora - Our Health 2023

Join the NZ Drug Foundation's Lived & Living Experience Forum: Pae Ora - Our Health. Connect, learn, & collaborate to improve hauora needs.

STD Parliamentary symposium 2023 v1

NZ Drug Foundation Parliamentary Symposium 2023

Join the 2023 NZ Drug Foundation Symposium to address health needs, explore psychedelics, and discuss overdose prevention in Aotearoa.

DSC9644 1

Report: What we found at drug checking in 2022

Our findings from our first full year as a licensed drug checking provider.

MicrosoftTeams image 11

Director's Cut: December 2020

Newly appointed Executive Director Sarah provides some insight and hope as we near the end of 2020.

The Level promo

A straight up guide for people who use drugs

We are here for real people, in real life, whatever level you are at.

The Level

social graphic subscribe

Subscribe to email updates

Get regular news, analysis and commentary on drug issues in New Zealand. Free.

Sign up now!

Back to top