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Health Not Handcuffs drug reform campaign launches

Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 3:21 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A window of opportunity to reform the way we treat people who use drugs is too important to miss, says the new Health Not Handcuffs campaign which launched today. More >>

Police discretion for drug offences needs greater funding

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 2:16 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

An amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act which will improve the way Police use discretion for drug offences is a further step towards treating drugs as a health issue. But greater funding for health and social services is urgently needed for the scheme ... More >>

New report highlights drug policy trends

Tuesday, 15 January 2019, 4:24 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A new State of the Nation report released today by the NZ Drug Foundation shows that while we are doing well in some areas, there is massive room for improvement. More >>

Government action on synthetics drugs crisis applauded

Thursday, 13 December 2018, 10:35 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people ... More >>

Mental Health Inquiry says treat drugs as a health issue

Tuesday, 4 December 2018, 1:02 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry has recommended that the government take strong action on alcohol and other drugs, including removing criminal sanctions for personal drug use and providing a broader range of health interventions instead. ... More >>

Open letter to PM calls for addiction treatment boost

Sunday, 2 December 2018, 4:08 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Gaps in access to addiction treatment have prompted 30 organisations to issue an open letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The letter calls for a boost to funding, and introduction of a health-referral model to replace criminal sanctions for people ... More >>

Drug Foundation on medicinal cannabis bill

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 3:59 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Drug Foundation statement on government’s medicinal cannabis bill Useful changes to the government’s medicinal cannabis bill were announced today, but the Drug Foundation says many patients will be disappointed. The Drug Foundation has welcomed ... More >>

Cost benefit analysis shows drug law reform stacks up

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 11:14 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Extra investment by government in drug treatment, education and harm reduction will more than pay for itself, an independent economic cost benefit analysis released today shows. Shamubeel Eaqub from Sense Partners, who prepared the report, found ... More >>

Lessons must be learnt from meth report

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:42 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The report into Housing New Zealand’s response to so-called methamphetamine contamination contains hard lessons for the government and its agencies on how to properly address complex drug issues, and reveals the harms caused by HNZ’s action were more widespread ... More >>

New survey results show legal cannabis a real possibility

Tuesday, 24 July 2018, 8:44 am | NZ Drug Foundation

A new survey conducted by the NZ Drug Foundation shows two thirds of New Zealand voters support changing the country’s outdated cannabis law, with outright legalisation being the most popular option. More >>

Legalising cannabis in Canada is good for public health

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 1:35 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

AnchorCanada’s landmark decision to introduce a strictly regulated legal cannabis market is a public health win, and something the New Zealand government should look to emulate. More >>

Strong justification to rein in meth testing industry

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 12:10 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The announcement today that Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford will introduce regulations reining in the methamphetamine testing industry is very welcome. More >>

Drug Foundation: government’s medical cannabis bill

Wednesday, 20 December 2017, 1:18 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The Drug Foundation welcomed the government’s announcement to establish a government-run medical cannabis scheme as part of its First 100 Days commitment. More >>

New Approach to Dealing with Drug Use by HNZ Tenants

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 9:34 am | NZ Drug Foundation

The Government’s announcement that Housing New Zealand will adopt a new policy when it detects methamphetamine in its rental properties has been enthusiastically welcomed by the Drug Foundation. The change is one of many drug policy priorities ... More >>

New post for Helen Clark: advocating for drug law reform

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 12:09 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The NZ Drug Foundation welcomes the appointment of former Prime Minister Rt Hon Helen Clark as the 25th member of the highly respected Global Commission on Drug Policy. More >>

Support for cannabis law reform remains high

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 8:12 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

Public support for cannabis law reform is as strong as ever, a new poll conducted for the NZ Drug Foundation shows. The Drug Foundation is urging political parties to make firm commitments to health-focused drug law during this election campaign. More >>

Urgent response to drug deaths: accurate information is vital

Wednesday, 26 July 2017, 1:21 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The spike in hospital admissions and reported deaths in Auckland as a result of people taking unknown substances is¬ being helped by an information vacuum. More >>

Replace drug convictions with health referrals

Wednesday, 5 July 2017, 5:31 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

A complete overhaul of our drug laws is being proposed today. The new model aims to replace conviction with treatment and prohibition with regulation. More >>

Astonishing Results from Testing of Drugs at Festivals

Monday, 3 July 2017, 10:53 am | NZ Drug Foundation

Many festival-goers take drugs. But last summer, a significant number decided against it after being told the drug they were about to take was not what they thought. More >>

Drug law reform needed to end Māori over-incarceration

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 1:39 pm | NZ Drug Foundation

The government must urgently act to end the persistent failure by the criminal justice system to address disproportionate Māori reoffending rates, said the New Zealand Drug Foundation in response to a Waitangi Tribunal report, Tū mai te rangi . More >>