Run in conjunction with the Cross-Party Group for Mental Health and Addictions, our 2023 Parliamentary Symposium brought together people who use drugs, researchers, treatment providers, addictions workers, writers, thinkers and politicians to collaborate on reducing drug harm in Aotearoa.
From powerful discussions on the unmet health needs of people who use drugs to practical workshops on responding to overdoses, this day was full of stimulating conversations, powerful solutions and new ideas.
We've pulled together the best bits of the day for those who weren't there - from our acclaimed international keynote speakers to an in-depth panel discussion on psychedelics as medicine.
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.