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?”

Yet another synthetic cannabinoid – Aotearoa’s first finding of MDMB-5Br-INACA

We sometimes call them MWP – mystery white powders. This sample was brought to us in the central North Island as “MDMA” but someone who took it reported extreme and rapid anxiety. That doesn’t sound like MDMA. Testing indicates that this MWP isn’t a mystery any more. This one is MDMB-5Br-INACA. What the hell isContinue reading “Yet another synthetic cannabinoid – Aotearoa’s first finding of MDMB-5Br-INACA”

Roadside drug testing: Not even once

The Land Transport (Drug Driving) Amendment legislation was passed this month. This means that, among other things, police will be able to pull drivers over and test their saliva for THC, opiates, amphetamines, and other drugs in the same manner that they test for alcohol. Apparently this measure will reduce the number of people drivingContinue reading “Roadside drug testing: Not even once”

Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill passes into law

Volunteer drug checking organisation KnowYourStuffNZ welcomes the news that drug checking will become permanently legal, with the passing of the Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill through its third reading. Aotearoa New Zealand is the first country in the world to have explicitly legal drug checking. “The Act will provide permanent legal standing for ourContinue reading “Drug and Substance Checking Legislation Bill passes into law”