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may 2012 no place like a home

Wet in Wellington

Rob Zorn talks to Downtown Community Ministry about the plight of Wellington’s addicted and homeless and why the principle of ‘housing first......

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Getting real about synthetics

Naomi Arnold takes another look at our alarming death rate from synthetic cannabinoids and at some real-world responses from people working ......

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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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The best place in the world to be a child

After the Ha¯paitia te Oranga Tangata summit in August, Dennis O’Reilly started thinking about how to address the wicked criminal justice pr......

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When grandparents must step up

Wide-ranging research has laid bare the experiences of grandparents stepping up to raise grandchildren due to their own child’s battle with ......

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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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Tūhoetanga

Ngāi Tūhoe and the Drug Foundation invited experts and community leaders to come together in Rūatoke to declare war on drug dependence....

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Public mood swing: Have Asia’s brutal drug wars hit a nerve?

Recent teen deaths in the Philippines have sparked massive public outrage, and Mangai Balasegaram asks if this could mark a turning point in......

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Māori MPs reconsider drug law

A succession of reports show that Māori are affected significantly more than Pākehā by our drug laws. Russell Brown looks into the issues an......

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Rebuilding lives, rebuilding communities

If the treatment sector gets someone into recovery is the job complete? Or is there more that can be done?...

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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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Drivers of change

What hope is there that this is the direction law makers will take in our new Parliament? Emma Espiner examines the prospects....

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Helping build a healthy and supportive society

Housing NZ have changed their approach to drug use, and will now be offering more support...

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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: 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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Corrections must do more to reduce Māori reoffending

The Waitangi Tribunal’s (Wai 2540) Tu¯ Mai te Rangi! report says the Crown has breached its Treaty of Waitangi obligations by failing to add......

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Stuck in limbo

20 deaths and still no meaningful action: Why is the Government still doing nothing about the synthetics crisis?...

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Q&A: Johann Hari

British journalist Johann Hari’s book Chasing the Scream is still being widely read around the globe. Q&A asked the award-winning author for......

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Guest editorial: Complexities and challenges - NZ's Drug Harm Index 2016

Drug harm indexes are complicated methodological tools used to analyse and measure harms resulting from the complicated and complex practice......

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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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Removing barriers to create behaviour change

Jeff Jordon from Rescue Agency opening the conference on the topic of lowering the burdens of change when doing behaviour change marketing....

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Indigenous drug policy at the UN

Gilbert Taurua highlights indegnous drug issues at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indegnous Issues...

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Opinion: Meth myth was allowed to go on for too long

Executive Director Ross says much suffering would have been avoided if run away methamphetamine testing had been tackled sooner....

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Drug Foundation welcomes decision to scrap mega-prison

The Government has announced they will not go ahead with plans to build a “mega prison” at Waikeria in the Waikato....

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Methamphetamine testing reset: where are we at?

Watch: Ross Bell speaks about cleaning up after the meth myth, and read: what we think should happen from here....

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Mental Health & Addictions: NZ knows the solutions

New Zealand knows what to do: Our submission to the Mental Health & Addictions Inquiry...

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First Nations’ position in Canada’s new cannabis frontier

As Canada prepares to roll out its legal marijuana legislation this summer, indigenous communities are concerned about how much autonomy the......

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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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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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Q&A: Gilbert Taurua

In May 2016, Gilbert Taurua joined the Drug Foundation to lead a new area of work promoting better drug laws for Māori....

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Did You Know

Did You Know? Having a conversation with young people about alcohol and other drugs can reduce the harm that they sometimes cause. The Did Y......

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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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Helping Someone

Drug use doesn’t always lead to dependence or addiction....

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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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State of the Nation 2018

The Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation report is a snapshot of how New Zealand is dealing with alcohol and other drugs. . The 2018 repor......

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Social and economic factors behind Māori cannabis use

Speakers at the New Zealand Drug Foundations cannabis and health symposium will be shedding more light than heat on the complex issues aroun......

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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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Step into the light

Cover story summary: Personal stories of drug use, highlighting consumer perspectives...

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Waitangi Tribunal to investigate the Crown’s role in alcohol and substance abuse

Alcohol and substance abuse have been identified as a priority for the current Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into the condition of NZ’s health s......

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ChEckiT out

The dance party scene is renowned for being up with the latest and best dance-enhancing substances. But sometimes things can go wrong. ChEck......

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Opinion: A nation in denial?

It’s coming on Christmas, and with it, will come the usual increase in alcohol and other substance-induced family violence. Being good Kiwis......

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Muddled thinking behind drug policy criticism

Wellington coroner Garry Evans has ignored best practice and a wealth of international evidence in his criticism of New Zealand’s harm-minim......

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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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Festival drug checking trial: Summary of results

During the 2016/2017 summer festival season, we helped community group KnowYourStuffNZ offer free drug testing to more than three hundred fe......

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Students skip suspension, get support instead

It’s in the playgrounds, on the sports field and in the dean’s office where many teenagers learn about making good choices, asking for help ......

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Being Safer

If you are using drugs, it is important to know the risks, your rights, and what you are using....

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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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All this talk about meth

Using meth? Worried about someone else's use? We've updated our MethHelp handbook and poster, which offer practical tips without judgement....

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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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Peer Crowds

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2017 Parliamentary Drug Law Symposium

Read about what happened at Through the maze: Healthy drug law parliamentary symposium, 5-6 July 2017....

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Ross Bell: Let's face up to our drinking problem

New Zealand has always prided itself on punching above its weight. Our sporting heroes succeed despite limited resources and the small popul......

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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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feb 2011 should cannabis be on wadas banned list

Viewpoints: Should cannabis be on WADA's banned substances list?

In our second segment looking objectively at both sides of a contentious issue, we consider whether dope-smoking athletes should be diciplin......

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Why such a weak response to restricting alcohol marketing?

While the Government is proposing to adopt, in part or whole, the majority of the Law Commission’s 153 recommendations for alcohol law refor......

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Opinion: The Debate down at Goodbye Blue Monday

Where better to talk about alcohol law reform than at the pub? Christchurch CAYAD co-ordinator Mike Moss reports on how an organised debate ......

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Mythbusters: Drinking during hard times: Wheres the proof?

It's commonly believed that we drink more when times get tough economically, but the data suggests that ain't necessrily so....

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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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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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Q&A: I’m Lotta. I’m an alcoholic.

Lotta Dann, the journalist wife of TVNZ political editor Corin Dann and a mother of three, has outed herself as a recovering alcoholic and r......

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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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A conviction is for life

The consequences of a youthful drug conviction continue to have profound and unfortunate impacts on Barry's life....

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Q&A: Tariana Turia

Māori Party Co-leader Hon. Tariana Turia has mounted a personal crusade against smoking and has been a staunch advocate for Māori health and......

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Living Sober members report positive influence

Valuable support is offered to people giving up drinking on the Living Sober website according to a survey of members conducted late last ye......

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Q&A: Lizzie McMillan-Makalio

Trained social worker Lizzie McMillan-Makalio is manager of the site known as Wesley Community Action-Waitangirua, where six community servi......

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The benefit in doubt

Welfare beneficiaries who use alcohol and drugs are likely to be targeted under a new, tougher regime if recommendations by the Welfare Work......

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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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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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Q&A: Lizzie Marvelly

We introduce the Drug Foundation’s newest board member Lizzie Marvelly, who brings rich experience from the worlds of music, media and socia......

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Longer course on alcohol and other drugs

Teaching high school students about drugs and alcohol before they are of legal age is having a positive effect on students at Taieri College......

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A formidable major

Small in stature but a tower of strength, Lynette Hutson ranks highly among New Zealand's alcohol and other drug workers....

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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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Synthetics drugs crisis prompts petition calling for boost to health support

A petition calling on the Prime Minister to back up her call to treat drug use as a health issue is live now. Please sign!...

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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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Mythbusters: It sounds too much

Estimated values of seized drugs can be mind-bogglingly huge. In June 260 kg of heroin was seized by the NZ Navy and was estimated to be wor......

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Party pill marketing branded irresponsible

The Drug Foundation today called for a halt to all advertising of party pills, saying that the practice of marketing social drugs may contri......

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Let's talk about pot: Black Market forces

At $1 billion, New Zealand's cannabis black market would equate to one quarter the size of New Zealand's entire legal horticulture industry.......

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Veronal: who remembers veronal?

Redmer Yska delves into the dramatic side effects of a popular barbiturate....

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International Indigenous Drug Policy Network Launched

An new international indigenous network for drug law reform was launched on 27 November at Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gatheri......

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Policy & Advocacy

This section includes details of the areas that the NZ Drug Foundation is actively working on....

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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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Mythbusters: gangs target middle class kids

Minister Judith Collins recently claimed the Head Hunters are working with Black Power and the Mongrel Mob to sell methamphetamine to privat......

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Keeping safer under summer skies

Photo essay: A day in the life of drug safety checking at a kiwi music festival....

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Needle exchanges at 30: Looking back, moving forward

New Zealand Needle Exchange Executive Director Kathryn Leafe takes us back to the early days of needle exchange in New Zealand, detailing ho......

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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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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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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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Rūātoki hui

We're hosting a hui in the Rūātoki, Eastern Bay of Plenty, on 31 August 2017 to talk about how drug law harms many Māori, and solutions to t......

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Kiwis urged to have their say on alcohol law reform

Concerned Kiwis and community groups are being urged to join the debate about alcohol law reform following the release of the Law Commission......

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Mythbusters: Cannabis 20 times more carcinogenic than tobacco?

Recently, the British Lung Foundation claimed that, contrary to popular belief, smoking a cannabis cigarette is up to 20 times more likely t......

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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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Hawkes Bay hui

We're hosting a hui in the Hawkes Bay on 6 May 2017 to talk about how drug law harms many Māori, and solutions to this....

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Drug policy symposium an unprecedented event

Organisers are calling this week’s Healthy Drug Law Symposium the most significant drug policy discussion in New Zealand’s history....

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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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Law & health must co-operate to reduce drug harm

A visiting British drug expert told the Healthy Drug Law Symposium in Wellington today that health and law enforcement professionals would b......

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Where do you stand?

To keep up pressure for a move to healthy and just ways of dealing with drug problems, New Zealanders are invited to join the global Support......

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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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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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Where are we at with alcohol reform?

It's been 4 years since new liquor laws passed. They were supposed to reduce problematic consumption of alcohol without impinging on respons......

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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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