We need to double investment in drug-related health care in New Zealand. Sign our petition to make a real impact in this year’s Budget!

Why is this important?

The Government is about to announce the next Budget. Unfortunately, by then there’s also a good chance more people will have tragically died from the use of synthetic cannabinoids. There have been 60 deaths at least over the past 18 months, and there is no chance this public health crisis will fix itself. 

We have a plan to turn things around. If the government makes the right funding decisions now, and follows this up implementing a health-based approach to drug use, we can save lives. Sign the petition to ask the Prime Minister to ensure the Budget reflects just how urgent this crisis is. 

 

Tēnā koe Prime Minister,

We support your call to treat drug use as a health issue. This is especially important right now because every week people are dying from synthetic cannabinoids. Many want to access help, but find it’s just not available. You’ve got some big decisions coming up very soon about the upcoming Budget. We the undersigned ask you to follow through on your commitment to treat drugs as a health issue by:

• Doubling the investment for drug-related treatment and harm-reduction initiatives in Budget 2019. This means putting aside an extra $150 million.

• Ensuring that people using synthetics and other dangerous drugs get a referral to health and other services, rather than a criminal conviction. The Law Commission proposed a workable system in 2011 – it’s time to implement their recommendations.

 

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Goal: 2,000 signatures

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