Our Through the Maze symposium in July was a starting point for change. Bringing together world-leading drug policy experts with an enthusiastic crowd of community advocates, policy makers, politicians, clinicians and social justice activists under Parliament’s democratic roof caused a real stir.
The discussion was vigorous and questions were many. By the end of two days under the Beehive’s staggered roof, there was a palpable sense of optimism that change is imminently possible. Even if people didn’t reach a neat agreement on what this may look like, there was much common ground to continue building on.
The Drug Foundation sends out a big thank you to our host Associate Health Minister Hon. Peter Dunne, the stellar line-up of speakers and panellists and everyone who joined in, both in person and via the trending #drugmaze17 tag. A special thanks to our fabulous chairperson Alison Mau and media partner The Spinoff.
All the speakers’ presentations are available on our You Tube channel, while The Spinoff has published a great selection of articles and videos on thespinoff.co.nz. Or we've collected all the news coverage here.
Survey participants also reported that barriers to accessing services, resources and information were high.
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.
95% of respondents reported positive effects, in a study that looked at both prescription and black market cannabis use.