This was the summer of terrible drugs

KnowYourStuffNZ drug checking service was in huge demand this summer festival season. We doubled the number of tests from last summer and attended more events than ever before. KnowYourStuffNZ checked 2,744 samples at 27 events between April 2020 and March 2021. Our annual testing report and client survey have now been released. What we foundContinue reading “This was the summer of terrible drugs”

Jez’s presentation from the Parliamentary Symposium on Drugs

Jez’s talk from the Parliamentary symposium. This talk is excellent on 2 fronts: 1) it shows what privilege does if it gets off its arse, and 2) it shows how unrealistic it is for Government to use us as a methodological model for other grassroots organisations to copy without coupling it with serious funding.

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”

A year of legal drug checking: A word from Wendy

After the temporary law was put in place last year, we saw a massive increase in demand. Unfortunately, neither of these things came with an increase in funding and we knew from the start that we wouldn’t be able to meet that demand. In fact, we had to turn down over 20 events this season.Continue reading “A year of legal drug checking: A word from Wendy”

No money for drug harm reduction in Budget 2021

“Health Minister Andrew Little has said that drug checking saves lives and he wants the service to be “across the community, all year round”. That’s a nice intention. He’s flagged on several occasions lately that the government wants to take a public health approach to drug harm. So it was somewhat surprising to see nothingContinue reading “No money for drug harm reduction in Budget 2021”