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New Zealand

  • By: Ross Bell & Sanji Gunasekara
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

New Zealand, located in Oceania, is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. Drug policy in New Zealand is based on the principle of harm minimization and is focused on preventing and reducing the health, social, and economic harms that are linked to drug use. Drug use is viewed as primarily a health issue that should therefore be addressed, at least partially, through health-based responses.

Drug policy in New Zealand supports a balance of measures, including supply control, demand reduction, and harm reduction. New Zealand's existing primary drug law, the Misuse of Drugs Act, is poorly aligned with current drug policy and is in the process of being reviewed.

Current drug policy in New Zealand is set out in the National Drug Policy ...

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