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nov 2010 war and drugs

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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Synthetic solutions: the global response to ‘legal’ highs

In country after country a vast array of new psychoactive substances, rapidly spread via online sources, is causing havoc for law and policy......

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nov 2011 community clinic that could

The little community clinic that could

It may be small and operating out of a makeshift office on the fringe of a devastated city, but don't be fooled. A formal evaluation suggest......

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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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Poor foundations – testing homes for meth gone awry

Across New Zealand, tenants are losing their homes and possessions – or receiving debilitating bills – because their houses are found to be ......

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Where there is life, there is hope

Harm reduction is about saving lives and treating people with respect. While we led the world with the first government sanctioned needle ex......

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feb 2012 mythbusters is meth bad

Mythbusters: Is meth really all that bad for you?

In November 2011, scientists from Columbia University published a study on the effects of methamphetamine use. What made this study stand ou......

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Not what your mum and dad smoked?

Anecdotes abound comparing the mellow weed of the old days with the edgier dope of today. Has cannabis become more potent since the 70s? Rob......

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Drug Use in NZ

The basic facts about what drugs are available and regularly used in New Zealand....

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Cannabidiol - A better option than my tiny pink pills?

Personal story: Using medication to cope with anxiety; Denise Carter-Bennett is optimistic that cannabidiol will one day be a legal option...

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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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Looking after yourself

Even when your loved one really wants to change, being a successful support person isn’t easy....

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'Synthetic cannabis': primer

To get to grips with the tragic situation following reported deaths caused by consumption of unknown drugs, we have answered the key questio......

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Clearing the smoke

Cannabis is now widely accepted as a medical treatment, but does it have the evidential backing of other medicines? From herbal remedies to ......

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Psychoactive Substances Act 101

A world-leading piece of legislation has been passed in New Zealand to regulate new psychoactive substances. What is it all about, how does ......

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Treating hepatitis C

Information about Hepatitis C, find out what it is, common ways it is contracted, treatment and ways to find out if you have Hepatitis C....

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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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nov 2012 myths moderate drinking

Opinion: Myths and moderate drinking

Economist Eric Crampton on why maybe a drink a day does keep the doctor away....

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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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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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Viewpoints: Pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels

In 2011, a trans-Tasman food labelling review, led by New Zealand, recommended the introduction of pregnancy health warning labels on alcoho......

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Viewpoints: Should we be concerned about rising PIED use?

Performance and image-enhancing drugs are substances taken by people who want to improve their sporting performance or physical appearance. ......

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Viewpoints: Should New Zealand allow medicinal cannabis?

Medical cannabis is a sticky issue. There is evidence that cannabis and products derived from cannabis can treat some illnesses and alleviat......

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nov 2012 alcohol helps forget

Mythbusters: Alcohol helps us forget

Mythbusters takes a look at whether alcohol, the go to of many people in a crisis, will actually help you forget your problems....

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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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About a drug: Alpha-PVP

Alpha-pyrrolidinovalerophenone - also known as alpha-PVP, gravel, flakka or niff - is one of a number of recreational drugs in the 'bath sal......

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Viewpoints: Medicinal cannabis paradigms, part 2

Dr Sam McBride counters that the evidence isn’t all that compelling and that the risks are not yet fully clear – despite the naïve naturalis......

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equally well

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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mos oct 2017 coroners court

Cannabis causes 32 deaths each year in New Zealand... Really?

All drug use has a risk of harm, which can include death. This Viewpoints argues either side of the question: Does cannabis cause 32 deaths ......

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needle exchange

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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About a drug: NBOMe

While LSD is often painted as the psychedelic equivalent of a tie-die t-shirt, the new, nefarious n-bomb is portrayed as a potent potion of ......

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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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Viewpoints: Is the jury still out on e-cigarettes?

Short of a pill that will magically take addiction away, are e-cigarettes the best smoking cessation device since the humble patch?...

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Mythbusters: Is cannabis really 100 times safer than alcohol?

Smoking cannabis is 114 times safer than drinking booze. Many newspapers and websites ran headlines along these lines when they reported new......

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Good booze news from across the ditch

In late November 2014, the Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare released its full report on the 2013 Australian National ......

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Research links cannabis use with psychosis

Chronic cannabis use in early adolescence can make some people up to 11 times more likely to develop schizophrenia, the New Zealand Drug Fou......

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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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Cannabis causes cognitive concerns

Regular use of cannabis can cause serious cognitive impairment that persists beyond the period of being high, a speaker at next week’s canna......

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Cannabis and health: 20 years down the track

Twenty years on from the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s first cannabis and health symposium, Professor Wayne Hall is returning to New Zealand......

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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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International symposium to address fake pot

Questions about what exactly is synthetic cannabis and the latest research on pot imitations will be addressed at the New Zealand Drug Found......

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ALERT: spike in synthetic cannabis in the Hawke's Bay

An alert has been issued today for residents in Hawke's Bay, after a synthetic cannabinoid linked to deaths overseas was detected in the reg......

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2013 International Drug Policy Symposium. Through the maze: Cannabis and Health

Through the Maze: Cannabis and Health International Drug Policy Symposium brought together some of the best minds about cannabis and health ......

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It’s high time we talk about pot

Bud, chronic, dak, dope, ganja, grass, maryjane, reefer and skunk. We all know the slang terms for cannabis. Half of us have tried it, and o......

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Medicinal cannabis oral submissions webinar

Webinar: Tips and advice on how to give an oral submission...

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Practical advice for homeowners and landlords on meth testing

Worried about meth contamination? Should you test for meth resudue, and what if a test comes up positive? And what does it mean for your in......

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Lessons must be learnt from meth report

The report into HNZ’s response to "methamphetamine contamination" contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies. The harms cause......

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Summer alert: It looks like MDMA but it's not

There’s a new drug on the scene at festivals, and it's NOT Ecstasy...

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Drug Foundation backs medical cannabis

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today released its policy on medicinal cannabis, supporting the medical use of cannabis under a trial regime......

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Synthetics Crisis

Over 40 people have died from synthetic drugs in the past year. We see this as a public health crisis, which requires an urgent response....

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Drug Index

Get harm reduction information about common drugs in New Zealand. Each page describes the effects of using, advice for reducing risk, signs ......

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Drug Foundation urges moratorium and independent analysis of new party pills

On the eve of the BZP party pill ban, the New Zealand Drug Foundation has called for a voluntary moratorium on sales of all new non-BZP part......

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Party pill ban would ignore best evidence

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today warned against heeding calls to ban BZP, the active ingredient found in many 'party pills', because su......

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1/3 of NZ families affected by alcohol and drug problems

A third of New Zealanders have a family member who has experienced negative effects in their life due to alcohol or drug use, research commi......

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Managing withdrawal

Supporting change and what you need to know about withdrawal....

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nov 2012 psilocybin

About a drug: Psilocybin

The Aztecs called them teonanácatl, scientists call them Psilocybe, rappers refer to them as shrooms. No matter what you call them, magic mu......

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About a drug: Methamphetamine

Amphetamine, meth’s parent drug, was first synthesised in Berlin in 1887 by Romanian chemist Lazâr Edeleanu, but its potency as a central ne......

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Drive drug free

Drug impaired driving is when substance use is the cause of impairment. Many prescribed medications can cause impairment....

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About a drug: GHB

Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid is used by ravers and gym-goers alike, but how dangerous is it?...

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About a drug: Mescaline

Mescaline is an alkaloid that causes hallucinogenic effects similar to those of LSD and psilocybin (magic mushrooms). It occurs naturally in......

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Opinion - Synthetic cannabis

It’s a glaring and obvious anomaly that substances like cannabis are illegal in New Zealand while “synthetic cannabis” – that has much the s......

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may 2011 ibogaine

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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aug 2011 dope driving

Mythbusters: Dope driving: I'm a safer driver when I'm stoned - crap or fact?

Many pot smokers who smoke and drive will say they're fine to get behind the wheel. Mythbusters looks at the evidence to see whether this is......

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Keep calm and keep to the facts about novel synthetic substances

Dear media: In the stampede to get the story out first, please check your facts....

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Did You Know: The facts about synthetics

Our new Did You Know video and poster explain what synthetic psychoactive substances are, why they are so unpredictable and dangerous, and h......

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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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About a drug: Heroin

The most infamous member of the opiod family....

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Urgent synthetics response underway

The Drug Foundation is teaming up with over a dozen organisations to support the Ministry of Health in developing a coordinated response to ......

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New animation explains what every young person needs to know about methamphetamine

New Did You Know education resources for having a conversation about alcohol and other drugs are now available....

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aug 2012 slug of the drug

A Slug of the Drug

What's to be done about caffeine and alcohol mixed beverages, the popular poly-drug choice of the recently post-pubescent?...

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About a drug: LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide (or LSD) has many street names including yellow sunshine, window pane and Microdot but it is most commonly known ......

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Education & Schools

Supporting schools to address drug and alcohol issues, while keeping students engaged in education...

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About a drug: Khat

Across the Horn of Africa, there is a scraggly plant that grows in the dry hillsides and sandy rocky soils. Its small green leaves and avera......

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feb 08 into my arms

Into my arms: Injecting drug use in New Zealand

Chris Wilkins and Charles Henderson compare findings on injecting drug use behaviour from the Illicit Drug Monitoring System and Needle Exch......

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aug 2012 give teens alcohol

Viewpoints: Should you give your teenager alcohol?

Viewpoints asks if you should provide alcohol to your teenage child. Is it just adopting mediterranean attitude toward alcohol or could you ......

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aug 2011 russian roulette

Playing Russian roulette

Seems the inventor of the psychoactive chemicals found in synthetic cannabis products has little nice to say about the profiteering purveyor......

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Getting the facts out is overdue

The tragic deaths in Auckland that were likely caused by new synthetic drugs is a wake up call....

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may 2010 does alcohol make you fat

Mythbusters: Does alcohol make you fat?

Studies indicate that how alcohol affects your waistline may depend on your age, sex, location, weight, health, social status, profession or......

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Q&A: Toni-Marie Matich

Toni-Marie Matich is the co-founder of the New Zealand branch of United in Compassion (UIC), set up to advocate for the introduction of medi......

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Viewpoints: Should unregistered naltrexone implants be used to treat opioid dependence?

Naltrexone is still untested. Should we allow it to be used as an opiod blocker? Viewpoints takes a look....

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Use powers in existing law says Drug Foundation

The announcement of changes to the Psychoactive Substances Act to remove currently approved ‘legal highs' from sale is disappointing due to ......

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salvia

About a drug: Salvia

It’s not exactly the average herb you’ll find in your grandmother’s garden....

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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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Drug Foundation to host David Nutt in Wellington

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is hosting Professor David Nutt for a lunchtime presentation on ‘Drugs without the hot air: minimising the h......

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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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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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International Overdose Awareness Day: Guest Blog

Every week a New Zealander dies of an overdose. Sadly, many of these deaths are entirely preventable, but the stigma surrounding injecting d......

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Legal high law almost there

The New Zealand Drug Foundation today made its submission to the Health Select Committee on the Psychoactive Substances Bill saying it was a......

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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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New website 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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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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NZ ready for healthy drug law

The overwhelming result in favour of decriminalisation on last night’s The Vote, shows New Zealand is ready to ditch our outdated drug laws ......

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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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Mythbusters: Drinking like the French

The fact that the French encourage their kids to drink wine has led to a rosy utopia of sensible alcohol consumption. We read that on the In......

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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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International spotlight on drug driving

The lack of a thorough understanding about the complex issue of drugs and driving must not be an excuse for inaction – this is the theme of ......

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Medical cannabis report disappointing

A report on medical cannabis published yesterday by the Health Select Committee is a disappointing once-over glance at a medicine that is of......

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Values-based politics and drug law reform

In his recent book The New Zealand Project, Max Harris proposes transforming our political process so that it is based on values and focused......

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