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. Kathryn Leafe, Executive Director of the NZ Needle Exchange Programme, says "Naloxone needs to be in the hands of people who use drugs, and their families and friends. If the government wants to make it happen, it can.” Learn 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.  Learn More