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2018 State of the Nation report coverThe Drug Foundation’s State of the Nation report is a snapshot of how New Zealand is dealing with alcohol and other drugs. The report shows while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for improvement.

As well as helping us understand where we should be focusing our attention, the report is intended to provide a starting point against which we can assess the impact of any policy changes. The statistics were compiled from publicly available statistics. The 2018 report was released in January 2019.

Synthetics crisis is highlighted

Low level convictions are clogging up justice system

Alternative actions that work are being used

We were reliant on data collected by government to produce this report. It is obvious that New Zealand does not have adequate statistics. With all that is going on, it’s essential we rectify this in a hurry. How else will we know what’s working and what’s not working?

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