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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 >>

New Report Shows New Zealand Still Not Doing Enough To Prevent Overdoses

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 9:16 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Too many people are dying from preventable overdoses and Aotearoa lacks the interventions that could stop them, a new report being released this week by the NZ Drug Foundation shows. The latest coronial and Ministry of Health data, compiled in the Drug Foundation’s ... More >>

New Report Shows Drug Approach Continuing To Cause Harm

Thursday, 17 February 2022, 7:24 am | NZ Drug Foundation

  A new report released by the NZ Drug Foundation today shows that too many people are suffering harm and our drug laws are often compounding the problem, not reducing it. The Drug Foundation’s 2022 State of the Nation report shows that ... More >>

Prof Baker Says New Zealand’s Drug Policies Have Hampered Covid Response

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 6:03 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Professor Michael Baker says that New Zealand’s response to Covid-19 has been undermined by “war on drugs” policies that have fuelled marginalisation and stigma of people who use drugs, leading to a woeful vaccination rate amongst those in addiction ... More >>

Passage Of Drug Checking Law A Moment To Celebrate

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 6:30 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation is celebrating the passing of the Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill (No 2) today, which provides a new permanent legal framework for drug checking services at festivals and clinics. Executive Director, Sarah Helm, ... More >>

Review Continues To Strengthen The Case For Decriminalisation

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 5:58 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Attributed to Sarah Helm, Executive Director, NZ Drug Foundation. “An interim review of 2019 changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that increased police discretion shows that we haven’t got our drug laws right, and despite some modest progress, ... More >>

Global Drug Policy Index Shows Opportunity For NZ To Be World Leader

Monday, 8 November 2021, 12:13 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation says a new Global Drug Policy Index report released today highlights key areas where the country must improve in order to address inequity and be a world leader. Recent reforms like the legalisation of drug checking have ... More >>

Major Change To Drug Laws Still Needed Despite Police Report Showing Some Progress

Monday, 8 November 2021, 7:22 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation says a Police report into the impact of changes to drug laws in 2019 shows that despite some positive improvement, huge inequities remain, and major change is needed for New Zealand to take a health-based approach to drugs. ... More >>

Drug Foundation Turns To Givealittle To Fund Life-saving Overdose Medicine

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 7:01 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation is calling for donations to help them distribute a life-saving medication they have been spending years calling for. The organisation has set up a Givealittle to help fund the distribution of naloxone, a medicine that reverses ... More >>

‘Public Interest’ Amendment To Drug Law Needed To Hasten Future Harm Reduction Initiatives

Wednesday, 7 July 2021, 12:36 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The New Zealand Drug Foundation is calling for a ‘public interest’ exemption to be added to the country’s drug laws to enable quicker and easier establishment of future harm reduction initiatives that could save lives.  The Foundation’s ... More >>

Gower Is Right – Treat Methamphetamine As A Health Issue

Wednesday, 16 June 2021, 5:43 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Following Patrick Gower’s documentary On P , the New Zealand Drug Foundation is calling for the government to fund the roll out of the successful programme Te Ara Oranga featured in last night’s documentary. Te Ara Oranga, a $3m police-led health-based More >>

Dr Reti’s Medicinal Cannabis Bill Highlights Flaws In Current System

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 11:19 am | NZ Drug Foundation

National Party deputy leader and health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti’s private member’s bill on medicinal cannabis, drafted in 2018 before the current scheme, is due to be debated in Parliament this evening. Executive Director of the NZ Drug Foundation ... More >>

New Poll Shows Overwhelming Support For Reform Of Cannabis Laws

Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 6:31 am | NZ Drug Foundation

In research released by The Helen Clark Foundation today, 69% of voters wanted cannabis to be decriminalised (20%) or legalised (49%). Only 30% of respondents thought our cannabis laws should stay the same or get tougher. NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director ... More >>

New Figures Show Drug Checking Services Have Reduced Harm – But More Could Be Done.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 6:49 am | NZ Drug Foundation

New figures released by KnowYourStuffNZ show that drug checking this summer resulted in the vast majority of people who attended drug checking choosing not to take the harmful cathinone eutylone, where it turned out they had unwittingly purchased it. ... More >>

Demand For Treatment Outstrips Supply, As Kiwis Continue To Be Convicted For Minor Drug Offences

Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 12:07 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Some New Zealanders are missing out on treatment, as services report a spike in COVID-19 fuelled demand has exacerbated an existing shortage of places for those needing it, according to a report released by the New Zealand Drug Foundation today. ... More >>

Timely Decision On Festival Drug Checking Will Save Lives

Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 12:27 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Drug Foundation is thrilled by Health Minister Andrew Little’s announcement providing legal certainty for drug checking happening at festivals this year. The proposed time-limited legislation will reduce the number of people needing medical ... More >>

Margin Narrows On Referendum Result: A Clear Mandate For Change

Friday, 6 November 2020, 3:22 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

“Based on how close the result is, a change to cannabis/ drug law should not be ruled out,” said Tuari Potiki, Chair of the Drug Foundation. “While the Drug Foundation accepts that the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill is now unlikely ... More >>