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Funding Boost And Significant Shift Needed For Health-based Approach To Drugs

Wednesday, 26 June 2024, 2:02 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Foundation outlined its vision for what health, harm reduction, and addiction services should look like for people who use drugs in a new paper, A health-based approach to drug harm in Aotearoa, released to coincide with the global day of action ... More >>

Expert Pharmac Committee Recommends Funding For Overdose Reversal Nasal Spray

Thursday, 2 May 2024, 7:44 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Public funding for a lifesaving opioid overdose reversal nasal spray is one step closer, with an expert committee saying that funding the medicine for use by non-paramedic first responders and people at high risk of an opioid overdose is a high priority. ... More >>

1 In 5 Drugs Not As Expected - 2023 Drug Checking Report

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 10:38 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Significant growth in drug checking availability and uptake is helping to prevent harm in more parts of the community, the NZ Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri says. The Foundation’s drug checking service tested 2602 samples ... More >>

New Report Shows Significant Increase In Cocaine Use

Wednesday, 6 March 2024, 10:30 am | NZ Drug Foundation

A new report that pulls together New Zealand’s latest drug use data shows a significant increase in cocaine use over the past year, while MDMA and methamphetamine use has decreased slightly. Drug Use in Aotearoa , released by the NZ Drug Foundation Te ... More >>

Funding Vital For Overdose Nasal Spray

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 9:24 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Drug harm experts say funding for a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses is critical in the face of an increasingly toxic drug supply and the emergence of powerful synthetic opioids. Pharmac’s Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee (PTAC) ... More >>

Asian Alcohol And Drug Survey Shows More Use Than Previously Thought

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 9:36 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Asian Family Services and the New Zealand Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri are calling for more services that cater to Asian New Zealanders, following the release of a new report (PDF, 1.2 MB) showing higher levels of drug use and harm ... More >>

Drug Foundation Urges Public To Check Drugs As Highly Potent Opioid Spreads

Saturday, 4 November 2023, 3:03 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A group of powerful synthetic opioids that were first detected in the country just a year ago may have already been linked to several deaths. A notification released by High Alert late yesterday is just the latest in a series of warnings about nitazenes, ... More >>

Party Positions On Drug Overdoses Show Cross-party Progress Possible

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 2:21 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Willingness from across the political spectrum to explore critical overdose prevention measures shows that cross-party progress can be made no matter the result of the election, the NZ Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri says. It ... More >>

Drug Foundation Calls For Urgent Action On Overdose Deaths

Monday, 26 June 2023, 7:05 am | NZ Drug Foundation

NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director Sarah Helm says fear of criminalisation is costing New Zealanders’ lives and measures are urgently needed to stem growing overdose fatalities. In honour of international Support Don’t Punish Day 2023, ... More >>

Drug Foundation Warns Some LSD Circulating Is More Dangerous Drug

Wednesday, 18 January 2023, 6:16 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Drug Foundation is urging caution after drug checking services at Rhythm and Vines (RnV) found paper tabs sold as LSD were in fact the potent psychedelic and stimulant, 25B-NBOH. The samples were tested by the Drug Foundation’s drug-checking ... More >>

Increase In Overdose Deaths Must Prompt Action

Saturday, 5 November 2022, 1:24 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation says a 54% increase in drug overdose deaths between 2017 and 2021 is deeply concerning and must prompt swift action on lifesaving preventative measures. The increase – which was driven by growing numbers of deaths from opioids, ... More >>

NZ Drug Foundation Response To Police Statement On Drug-related Death In Canterbury

Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 7:11 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

NZ Drug Foundation response to Police statement on drug-related death in Canterbury Sarah Helm, NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director: “Our thoughts are with this person’s friends and whānau. “It is unusual for Police to comment on an incident ... More >>

New Report Calls For Overhaul To Methamphetamine Approach

Sunday, 4 September 2022, 1:48 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

New Zealand’s approach to methamphetamine needs a thorough overhaul, with existing policies failing the community and causing significant harm, a new report shows. Minimising the Harms from Methamphetamine , jointly commissioned by the NZ Drug Foundation ... More >>

Proposal Aims To Get Drug Overdoses Off Auckland's Inner-city Streets

Wednesday, 31 August 2022, 6:47 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

An overdose prevention centre would reduce harm and save lives by shifting drug use off city streets and into a safe, medically-supervised setting alongside basic health, harm reduction and support services, says the NZ Drug Foundation. The Foundation’s ... More >>

Drug Foundation Urges Govt To Remove Barriers To Lifesaving Overdose Medicine

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 10:39 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The Drug Foundation is calling on the Government to urgently make it easier for New Zealanders to freely access a lifesaving opioid overdose reversal medication, so that the country is prepared in the face of a future fentanyl crisis. Drug Foundation ... More >>

New Poll Shows Most New Zealanders Support Change In Drug Laws

Monday, 27 June 2022, 6:45 am | NZ Drug Foundation

New polling shows most New Zealanders support changing the country’s drug laws to remove criminal penalties and instead offer education, treatment, and other health-based approaches. The new polling, conducted by The Navigators for the NZ Drug Foundation, ... More >>

Drug Foundation On Budget ‘22: Good, Not Transformative

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 6:53 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The New Zealand Drug Foundation welcomes the Government using Budget 2022 to increase funding for addiction services and tackle inequalities and health issues that can worsen drug harm. However, the Foundation says the Budget does not herald a transformative ... More >>

Budget '22 Chance To Move Away From Failed Approaches To Drugs

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 10:11 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation says Budget 2022 is a chance for the Government to fund effective health-based approaches to drugs, instead of continuing with failed policies from the past. The Foundation estimates that the Government currently spends more than ... More >>

Methamphetamine Programme Needs Funding And Expansion

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:19 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation says the Government urgently needs to increase funding for a successful methamphetamine programme and expand it throughout the country following the release of the latest Police wastewater data. The ground-breaking Northland programme, ... More >>

More Than 250,000 Kiwis Still Accessing Medicinal Cannabis Through Black Market

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 3:16 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Only a tiny percentage of New Zealanders who use cannabis for medicinal purposes are accessing the product through legal channels, new analysis by the NZ Drug Foundation shows. The analysis, based on Official Information Act requests and patient estimates ... More >>





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