KnowYourStuffNZ is grateful to receive public funding to support our drug checking service, announced today by the Minister of Health. Aotearoa New Zealand is the first nation to have fully-legal and publicly funded drug checking. We look forward to continuing our service at festivals and public clinics this summer and on. We also appreciate thatContinue reading “Drug checking services receive public funding ahead of this summer’s busy season”
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 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.
“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”