Roadside drug testing postponed

The roadside drug testing that was meant to roll out next week has been rolled back. Transport Minister Kiritapu Allen confirmed the postponement last night, saying “”Police have advised that through their process to identify the appropriate technology to carry out testing to a level of accuracy that can be used at the roadside, itContinue reading “Roadside drug testing postponed”

Set, Setting, and the Suck: How to avoid negative experiences at festivals

So this summer’s festival season’s gotten off to a rather tempestuous start. It’s easy to have a good time on drugs when you’re safe and dry. But when you’re soaked through, cold and miserable, what you’ve taken can amplify any anxiety and general Nope that you’re experiencing and send you down an unpleasant mental rabbitContinue reading “Set, Setting, and the Suck: How to avoid negative experiences at festivals”

Summer mythbusting

New Years’ Eve absolutely smashed it in terms of drug checking. Over 1,700 samples from four festivals* is an excellent turnout and we were completely bloody stoked to see how many people are being responsible with their drugs. We got to meet a HEAP of folk and have some great yarns, but some of theContinue reading “Summer mythbusting”

Pandemic partying

With the possibility of a real summer ahead complete with actual fun, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that COVID, monkeypox, and other things are active in the community. At the time this post was written (23 November 2022), Aotearoa’s stats were: Total deaths attributed to COVID: 2,182 New COVID infection rate thisContinue reading “Pandemic partying”

Naloxone saves lives, so where is it?

June and July saw 13 people hospitalised from fentanyl overdoses. Those folk were sold what they were told was cocaine, and in at least one case, methamphetamine; but their substance turned out to be fentanyl bulked out with fillers. They were all given Naloxone on the way to hospital and were revived after falling unconsciousContinue reading “Naloxone saves lives, so where is it?”