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Flushing out Auckland’s drug use – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 13th, 2017.

Methamphetamine is the most commonly detected illegal drug in Auckland, according to a study that examined drugs flushed into the wastewater. Massey University-led research surveyed two wastewater treatment plants between May and June 2014 and found high levels of methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and methadone in both facilities. MDMA (ecstasy) and cocaine were relatively rare and were […]

Ecstasy not so safe – Leo Schep

John Kerr posted in on June 23rd, 2015.

Dr Leo Schep, a toxicologist at the National Poisons Centre, University of Otago, argues against claims that MDMA is relatively safe and could be regulated in New Zealand, in an opinion piece on the New Zealand Herald website. An excerpt (read in full here): Leo Schep: Ecstasy not the safe party drug advocates claim In […]

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Media buzz over MDMA regulation

John Kerr posted in on June 19th, 2015.

The prospect of regulating the sale of party drug MDMA has been thrust into the spotlight this week, stirring robust debate on how New Zealand approaches drug legislation. The media have reported widely on comments from emergency doctor Paul Quigley, who said that regulating the sale of pure MDMA would be safer than allow people […]

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UPDATED: Should pure ‘ecstasy’ be regulated? – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 18th, 2015.

Wellington emergency medicine doctor Paul Quigley has made a public call for pure MDMA to be considered for legal sale. MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is the active ingredient in ecstasy pills, although, as Dr Quigley notes, now such pills often contain other psychoactive drugs. Dr Quigley’s comments, initially reported in the New Zealand Drug Foundation magazine Matters […]

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