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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 >>

No Vote Not A Vote For Inaction: Decriminalisation Urged

Friday, 30 October 2020, 3:26 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The cannabis referendum result was released today with 46.1% of New Zealanders voting in favour of legalisation, and 53.1% against. The gap will likely close to some degree when remaining votes are counted, but the jury is still out on whether it can close ... More >>

“Don’t’ Shut Down The Conversation With A ‘no’ Vote”, Say Leading Public Health Experts

Friday, 9 October 2020, 10:15 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation welcomes the publication of today’s NZ Medical Journal editorial. The authors - specialists in addiction treatment, public health, Māori health equity, health promotion and epidemiology - are calling for a yes vote in ... More >>

Economic Reports Released By Government Show New Zealanders Will Be Better Off Under Legal Cannabis

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:17 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Two economic reports commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to inform the development of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill were released under OIA today. The reports, by economic thinktank BERL , analyse the current illicit market and how ... More >>

Drug Foundation Farewells Long-standing Executive Director Ross Bell

Friday, 28 August 2020, 8:34 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The New Zealand Drug Foundation Executive Director Ross Bell is leaving the organisation for a role at the Ministry of Health. He has led the Drug Foundation for more than 16 years. Announcing Mr Bell’s departure, Drug Foundation Board Chairperson Tuari ... More >>

Advertising Standards Authority Rules In Drug Foundation’s Favour On Cannabis Referendum Campaign

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 3:51 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

“We’re pleased with the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision regarding complaints received about our ‘Vote Yes On Our Terms’ cannabis control referendum campaign”, said Ross Bell, Drug Foundation Executive Director. “We always understood ... More >>

Foundation Turns To Crowdfunding To Keep Cannabis Campaign Going

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 4:37 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A PledgeMe crowdfunding campaign publicly launches today to raise funds to ensure the public health messaging supporting a yes vote at the Cannabis Referendum reaches undecided voters. New Zealanders who support a Yes vote in the Cannabis Control Referendum ... More >>

Cannabis Legalisation And Control Bill: World-leading Public Health Law

Friday, 1 May 2020, 12:28 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Government today released the full and final Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill that New Zealanders will be voting for at the referendum on 19 September. “These final new details strengthen the controls from the initial draft, making it a world-leading ... More >>

Poll Shows Support For Cannabis Legalisation When New Zealanders Have More Information

Friday, 21 February 2020, 7:46 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Survey results released today by the Helen Clark Foundation and the New Zealand Drug Foundation show that support for cannabis legalisation grows when people know more about the proposed legislation. When respondents were asked how they would vote ... More >>

Independent evaluation of drug checking welcomed

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 5:11 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

An independent evaluation into festival drug checking services, announced today by the government, should put to rest political squabbling about a law change allowing these vital harm reduction services to expand, says the Drug Foundation. More >>

Treat drugs as a health issue, says justice sector review

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:28 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The recommendations in Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group’s report Turuki! Turuki! Moving Together released today offer a concrete way forward for the Government to treat drugs as a health issue. More >>

Cannabis Control Bill ticks the boxes

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 4:49 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

New Zealanders will know exactly what they are voting on at next year’s cannabis referendum with the release of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill (‘Cannabis Control Bill’) by Justice Minister Andrew Little today. The Government has outlined ... More >>