The new measures that give police discretion not to prosecute are in keeping with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision not to join US President Donald Trump’s “war on drugs”.
A change to drug laws in New Zealand has been hailed as a leap towards treating drug addiction as a heath issue. But it has also been criticised for essentially decriminalising class A drugs.
Advice from the people who've reviewed all the latest evidence about the effectiveness of these painkillers.
Parents' substance use affects children's physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic well-being, a new review of the research has found.
Listening to friends who are grieving can be more important than saying something.
For many who know someone who has lost a loved one, it can be hard to know what to say or how to respond. For those who have lost a loved one, the silence can be deafening. Some things to keep in mind.
One theory is that the drug is named after the scaly green skin it can cause among those who use it.
A chemist explains what it is, how it's made – and its devastating consequences.
Many people may misunderstand the basics about opioids. That prevents researchers from understanding the full scope of the epidemic.
We've got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or 'legal highs', are a dangerous unknown.
The US opioid epidemic killed more than 40,000 people in 2016 – now, other countries are at risk.
Mental distress, addiction, debt, family dysfunction and abuse are all problems to be milked for profit.
Using this many devices at once doesn’t mean a person is addicted to technology.
Though the World Health Organization has declared "gaming disorder" an addiction, its – and others' – concerns about technology use and alleged addiction don't hold up to scholarly scrutiny.
In alcohol or drug rehabilitation, much of the day is spent in either group or individual therapy.
There are many good private alcohol and drug treatment providers, but lack of regulation means some unethical practices are being uncovered. Here's what you should know about treatment.
It can be a destructive cycle for mothers whose children are taken into care.
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Small quantities of drugs are getting past customs and then being used to create much bigger batches of illegal drugs like synthetic heroin.
The redress scheme cannot be a truly ‘just response’ if it says some kinds of victims simply don’t count.
The government's proposed redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse controversially excludes some victims.
A far larger proportion of prisoners have histories of dependent substance use than the general population.
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New research has analysed the effectiveness of ten Drug Recovery Wings piloted in British prisons.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users.
Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
There is hyperbole in the way evidence for welfare drug testing is being presented.
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Most of the evidence drawn on by critics of the trial comes from places that have implemented such programs. So, have they worked?
Drug deaths in Scotland are now among the highest in Europe. What can be done?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter, speaking on Q&A.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
Neuroscience shows the brain’s reward centres are activated by certain packaging.
No wonder we're addicted to junk food. Neuroscience shows food packaging affects our enjoyment of these foods, and plays on the same brain processes as hard drug addiction.