Wendy’s presentation from the Parliamentary Symposium on Drugs

Stigma. Like we’ve said before, it’s bullshit. It keeps people from coming forward and asking for the help they need. It creates an idea of who does and who doesn’t ‘deserve’ help, in spite of desperately needing it. It doesn’t fix any problems or reduce harms caused by using drugs. All stigma does is makeContinue reading “Wendy’s presentation from the Parliamentary Symposium on Drugs”

Washing away the Bath salts Myth – Part Two

This is Part Two in a short series by our South Island manager Finn Boyle about cathinones and the importance of nuanced language when we talk about them. We highly recommend you read Part One which explains the history of cathinones how meaningless and misleading the term ‘bath salts’ is. Lazy Language and the ResponsibilitiesContinue reading “Washing away the Bath salts Myth – Part Two”

Washing away the Bath salts myth – part one

This is Part One in a short series by our South Island manager Finn Boyle about cathinones and the importance of nuanced language when we talk about them. Calling cathinones ‘bath salts’ is oversimplification Cathinones are here to stay. We need better language to help manage their presence in our drug market. Cathinones are aContinue reading “Washing away the Bath salts myth – part one”

75% of people will refuse drugs if proved to be cathinones

75% of festival goers that brought their drugs to be checked by KnowYourStuffNZ have said that they will not take drugs they have bought if they turn out to be eutylone in place of MDMA. KnowYourStuffNZ checked people’s drugs at festivals over New Years Eve. Data from these shows that 75% of people said theyContinue reading “75% of people will refuse drugs if proved to be cathinones”

New Zealand Government legalises drug checking

Today the Government announced that it will legalise drug checking in New Zealand. After six years of testing by KnowYourStuffNZ, we are glad to escape from legal limbo and be recognised as a necessary service to help keep people safe. The new legislation lets drug checking be provided by appointed service providers at festivals, events,Continue reading “New Zealand Government legalises drug checking”