In The Media

NZNEP calls for naloxone to be free and widely available

In New Zealand, around 35 people a year die accidentally overdosing on opioids. Naloxone can quickly reverse an opioid overdose, providing people with more time to get to hospital for treatment, but is not currently available in New Zealand. The Executive Director of the NZ Needle Exchange Programme, says "Naloxone needs to be in the hands of people who useLearn More

New report states strong economic case for drug reform

Extra investment in drug treatment, education and harm reduction could benefit NZ economically by $450 million a year, according to a new report. Commissioned by NZ Needle Exchange Programme (NZNEP), NZ Drug Foundation and Matua Raki, the report estimates there would be a net social benefit of $34m to $83m from replacing the Misuse of Drugs Act with new health-basedLearn More

Fentanyl again in the media spotlight

Following a media release by Know Your Stuff, fentanyl has again been in the media. Our Executive Director was interviewed as part of an item on TVONE News. Our information is that fentanyl availability in New Zealand remains limited. It’s not new to the country either and has been available in pill or patch form. As a peer based peerLearn More

NEP featured on OneNews

The New Zealand Needle Exchange programme features on One News for the 30th anniversary of legislation to support the implementation of one of New Zealand’s most successful public health programmes. Learn More

Fentanyl and the importantance of naloxone availability

NZNEP has been monitoring the availability of fentanyl in New Zealand. Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and originally used for chronic pain management. Overseas fentanyl has been a major factor in overdose deaths in North America and Europe, here in New Zealand its availability is currently limited. The potential challenge of fentanylLearn More