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WORKSHOP - Rethinking our approach to drugs

  • WR108 Room - Weltec School of Hospitality 49 Cuba Street Wellington, Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

Rethinking our approach to drugs

Our drug laws do damage - particularly to Māori and young people. Of those convicted of low-level drug offences, 42% are Māori and nearly half are under 30 years with a conviction having lifelong implications. The black market also results in highly dangerous drugs like synthetic cannabinoids being cheap and available.

The status quo is not holding and NZ is already talking about changing our laws - but what should this look like? We see a future where society stops punishing people that are using drugs, and the law allows people to make more informed decisions and have access to support.

Through this interactive presentation, with fun quizzes, quick upskilling and peer-debates, we will explore key questions around age of access, how drug laws can be improved for young people, what effective prevention looks like and how we can be advocates for changes to drug policy.

Kali Mercier

Anna Tonks

NZ Drug Foundation