Our three cover stories are deeply personal reflections about drug use. We chose to focus on the lived experiences of real people to highlight the critical role of consumer perspectives in shaping addiction, health and social policy. This year, more than ever, it is essential that we ensure those who will be most affected by any change in the way things are done are represented.
The biggest challenge in finding and hearing these critical voices lies in creating a space for them to share their stories safely. We know that those who expose themselves as having had mental health, addiction or drug use problems open themselves to employment, social and legal risks.
In light of this, we wish to acknowledge the bravery of our authors in sharing their stories so that others might benefit. We wrap a korowai of support around them in the form of this magazine and our gratitude. We extend this support to others who might have an untold story to share. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.
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.