Drugs can cause social, health and economic harms, and the ongoing cost to individuals, whānau and communities is high.
But our drug laws aren't helping - in fact, they often cause and compound harm.
Around the world, countries are starting to turn away from the failed 'war on drugs' to a compassionate approach, where people are supported instead of punished.
The Drug Foundation Te Puna Whakaiti Pāmamae Kai Whakapiri has been at the forefront of major drug policy debates for over 30 years. During that time, we have relentlessly advocated for evidence-based policies and practices that will reduce drug harm and build a healthy society.
We work closely with government agencies and the wider health sector to develop and promote best-practice solutions.
Find out more about New Zealand drug laws.
Key facts and figures about drug use in New Zealand.
Find reports and drug policy submissions by the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
Survey participants also reported that barriers to accessing services, resources and information were high.
Russell Brown takes a look at how Australia's recent move to allow psilocybin and MDMA for prescription would work in practice, and whether a similar shift could be possible in New Zealand.
Commentator Russell Brown takes a look at the ACT's road to decriminalising drug possession, and asks what New Zealand could learn.