The goal of New Zealand’s National Drug Policy 2015 to 2020 is to minimise alcohol and other drug-related harm and promote and protect health and wellbeing. The Policy includes a commitment to release a discussion document seeking feedback on the appropriate regulation of drug utensils.
The discussion document Review of Drug Utensils Regulation was released for consultation in July 2016. The goal of reviewing drug utensils regulations is to understand their effectiveness in achieving health and social outcomes for New Zealanders. The review looks at whether current regulations will improve these outcomes and support drug policy goals. This summary of submissions notes key points made by submitters, including their views on the options for change in the discussion document. Every submitter supported changes to the regulation of drug utensils, and most criticised current arrangements.
This review will help inform options for future changes to the regulation of drug utensils. Recommendations on any regulatory options will follow a review of the offence and penalty regime for personal possession of drugs, scheduled to take place in 2017/18.