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The most recent government statistics show that overall numbers of people who use methamphetamine in New Zealand have remained relatively consistent in the past five years. 0.8% of New Zealanders (31,000 people) used the drug once or more in 2016/17. Around one fifth of those took the drug monthly or more, according to 2013/14 data. Anecdotal evidence suggests methamphetamine use is more concentrated in some communities than others.

Although overall usage of methamphetamine remains low at a population level, misuse of the drug remains a serious concern, particularly in some communities.

We can’t arrest our way out of New Zealand’s methamphetamine problem

Communities need much more support

We work to provide clear policy advice on "meth houses"

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Video: Getting a grip on the meth problem

Watch a Drug Foundation seminar about methamphetamine by Matt Noffs, CEO of the Noffs Foundation and author of Breaking the Ice.

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