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Controlling and Regulating Drugs: A review of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 (www.lawcom.govt.nz)
This is the final report of the New Zealand Law Commission's review, following consultation on its previous issues paper. The report was released on 3 May 2011 and makes recommendations to Government about how New Zealand's drug laws can be updated.
Controlling and regulating drugs
'Controlling and regulating drugs' is an Issues Paper which traces the history of drug policy and regulation in New Zealand, and reviews the current approach to drug control and regulation. It makes some preliminary proposals for how New Zealand’s drug laws can be updated to put in place a modern and evidence-based statute
New Zealand Police - Illicit Drug Strategy to 2010 (PDF)
The Illicit Drug Strategy reinforces New Zealand’s National Drug Policy by outlining Police actions to reduce the supply, demand and harm from illegal drugs.
Evaluation of the Mental Health/ Alcohol and Other Drug Watch-house Nurse Pilot Initiative (2010)
The Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Watch-house Nurse Pilot Initiative places appropriately qualified nurses within two watch-houses to assist Police to better manage the risks of those in its custody who have mental health, alcohol or other drug problems. This final evaluation presents the findings of the initiative during its first 18 months of operation. In doing so, it addresses the main objectives of the pilot, and intended outcomes of these objectives in turn.
Public Health Services - Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Related Harm (Word)
(www.nsfl.health.govt.nz) (Feb 2010)
This document forms part of the Public Health Service Specifications issued by the Ministry of Health in order to guide the funding of public health services. This service specification describes services that prevent or reduce harm from alcohol and other drug use.
Effective Drug Education for Young People: A Literature Review and Analysis
As part of the Government's Action Plan on Alcohol and Illicit Drugs, a literature review was commissioned. It covered drug education for young people, families and communities. Its purpose was to identify and encourage evidence-based best practice for drug education.
Public Health Services Handbook Service Specification for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Related Harm
A guide to how the Ministry of Health funds public health services. Part Three outlines Service Specifications which form the basis of funding agreements with providers.
New Zealand Needle and Syringe Exchange Programme Review Report
The Centre for Harm Reduction carried out a review of New Zealand’s Needle and Syringe Exchange Programme (NSEP) between April and September 2002. The Review's aim was to assess whether the NSEP is working in the most effective and efficient way possible within available resources.
Advice for Purchasing Strategy on Public Health Issues: Reducing Drug Related Harm
Advice to the Health Funding Authority by the Alcohol and Public Health Research Unit.
Page last updated 3 May 2011
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