New Zealand Drug Foundation
The New Zealand Drug Foundation is a non-government body that aims to prevent and reduce social, health and economic harms caused by both legal and illegal drugs in New Zealand.
The Foundation has been at the forefront of major alcohol and other drug policy debates in New Zealand and overseas for over 18 years. During that time it has demonstrated a strong commitment to advocating policies and practices based on the best evidence available.
The New Zealand Drug Foundation is committed to reducing and preventing the harm caused by drugs in New Zealand. This includes social and health harms caused by legal drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, as well as illegal drugs, such as cannabis. Its strategies to reduce drug harm are based on principles of moderation in the use of alcohol and ensuring that any illicit drugs, if used, are used safely. The foundation is focused on advocating for policies and services that build a healthy society where there is the least possible harm from drug use in New Zealand. The Foundation recognises that drugs, legal and illegal, are a part of everyday life experience. Harms from drugs often include injury, disease, social, personal and financial problems and a reduced quality of life. Harms to society include unsafe communities, increased need for law enforcement, and high health and economic costs. The Foundation asserts that efforts to control or reduce the harm from tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs must be evidence-based, socially just and maintain the rights of individuals and the aspirations of communities.