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More Colorado drivers in fatal crashes positive for pot, study says
Two new University of Colorado studies paint an ominous picture of the direction of the state since marijuana commercialization. Click here to read the full story...

Meth tests for state houses
Housing New Zealand is testing 19 of its Wanganui properties for traces of methamphetamine after the drug was detected in three of the homes it has for sale. It comes after a woman commissioned her own testing of a Wanganui state house she was preparing to buy under the Government’s FirstHome programme to get rid of surplus homes. Click here to read the full story...

Legal Highs to get Blanket Ban
The Government will ban all synthetic drugs within two weeks until they can be proven to be low-risk, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has revealed. Click here to read the full story...

Is pot getting more potent?
The average potency of pot has more than tripled in the past two decades, according to testing done for the federal government. This comes just over a year after Colorado and Washington legalized the drug and as many other states consider making it legal for medical or recreational use. Click here to read the full story...

New Zealanders consume mystery drugs
Drug users are playing a potentially fatal game of snorting mystery white powders. The Global Drug Survey 2014, conducted in partnership with Fairfax Media, found that of the 5646 New Zealand participants, 5.3 per cent had in the past year snorted or ingested powder without knowing what it was. Click here to read the full story...

It's how we're drinking . . . and smoking and snorting
An invisible swath of middle-class New Zealanders are drinking heavily and indulging in drugs, a new survey has found. Fairfax Media's involvement in the Global Drugs Survey on worldwide drug use has for the first time revealed how entrenched alcohol and drugs - both legal and illegal - are in our everyday lives. Click here to read the full story...

Global Drugs Survey
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Children caught up in raids
Nine properties were searched yesterday and 12 people were arrested in relation to a variety of methamphetamine, cannabis and organised crime related offences. Click here to read the full story...

Synthetic cannabis use declining: study
Kronic is on the out and crystal meth is making a comeback, a new study of Kiwi drug habits show. The illicit drug monitoring system study shows that, after a brief rise to prominence, synthetic cannabis is already declining among drug users. Click here to read the full story...

Drug Bust
Great episode of Drug Bust - highlighting the drug epidemic New Zealand as facing. Searching drug houses would be a lot easier with a validated drug dog. Click here to view the video...

P lab suspects appear in court
Four people have appeared in court after Police executed a search warrant and uncovered a suspected P lab in a Wellington apartment building. Click here to read the full story...
More on this story,
Cops find P bubbling on stove
A drugs raid by armed police on an upmarket Wellington apartment allegedly discovered a pot bubbling away on a stove. The occupants had been living in the 13th-storey apartment in Chews Lane - just metres from the city's central police station - for months without raising suspicions among either the apartment's owner or other residents. Click here to read the full story...
Further discoveries are made in this case...
Searches net $1m of P, cash
Police seized more than $1 million worth of drugs and cash in a series of searches linked the Chews Lane apartments P-Lab bust . Click here to read the full story...

Call to make P residue test part of house WoF
A leading group in the campaign against methamphetamine use says a planned rental housing warrant of fitness should test whether a house has been used as a P-lab. Click here to read the full story...

New Zealand’s psychoactive legislation is having on the effect on the availability of “Synthetic Cannabis”
Another five "legal high" products have been banned in New Zealand. There are now only 41 ‘Synthetic Cannabis” products on sale, this is down from the 300 that were originally on the market. The Psychoactive Substances Bill, passed in July last year, strictly regulates the sale of party pills and synthetic cannabis and the outlets selling these products. There are now fewer than 170 stores legally entitled to sell these products, this is in contrast to the estimated 4000 outlets that existed before the legislation came into effect.
The latest five to be considered harmful by the authorities and ordered off the shelves are AK47, Anarchy, Karma, Northern Lights Primo and Voodoo. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence suggests that off-the-shelf drug tests will not detect these “legal” products and therefore can not be used in workplace drug testing. Accurate determination of the use of “legal highs” requires samples to be analysed in a qualified laboratory.
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Meth lab mum harmed her kids
Judge Farish said methamphetamine was a scourge on society and created extreme hardship for people who used it and abused it. Click here to read the full story...

Agents come clean on meth homes
Up front and honest is how real estate agents are dealing with selling a growing number of methamphetamine contaminated houses. Click here to read the full story...

Bags full of drugs seized at schools
With the passing of the Education Amendment Act which permits searching schools for drugs, it is a surprise this has reached such epidemic proportions in our education system. Click here to read the full story...

Drugged Drivers
Surely this is a wake up call... Its time the New Zealand Police were given the resources to perform objective roadside drug impairment tests...
Click here to read the first report...
Click here to read the second report...

College's tough line on cannabis
It was only a matter of time before this happened. Great opportunity of saliva testing >Non-invasive >Discrete >Accurate. Its good to see schools taking this seriously.... Random drug testing compulsory for problem students allowed back in classroom at Mt Albert Grammar. Click here to read the full story...

Education Amendment Bill 2012
A small excerpt from the proposed Bill "Teachers will not be permitted to use physical force to search a student or his or her bag, to require a bodily sample, or to use a dog for the purpose of the search".Click here to read the full Bill...

Dogs give all-clear at schools
Drug dogs have visited two South Canterbury schools this year but no substances were found at either school.
Mountainview High School and Waimate High School, which had checks recently, both came out clean after the visits.
Waimate High School principal Janette Packman said it was "very pleasing". It was six months since the last check, which was also clear, she said.
"It's a deterrent as much as anything and an opportunity for us to give a clear message ... that drugs at school are not OK. Click here to read more...

Child, 8, caught with drugs at school
More than 1000 schoolchildren were suspended, excluded or expelled from New Zealand schools last year for drugs or alcohol-related offences, with the youngest aged 8.
Figures released by the Ministry of Education show one in 10 of the children who were disciplined in connection with substances in 2012 was under 12. Click here to read more...

Legal drugs wreck family
Timaru woman Sue Eade fears she will bury one of her sons.
That fear comes from seeing what legal highs have done to them and to her family. And now she wants to set up a support group to help other families affected by the drugs. Click here to read more...