Global Drug Survey

What's the Global Drug Survey?

The annual Global Drug Survey examines drug use around the world, including in New Zealand.

Drugs bans 'pointless'

'We're going to look back on the zero-tolerance approach, and laugh at it.'

Legal highs did little to curb drug use

New Zealand's short-lived experiment with legal highs did little to curb drug use, a survey suggests.

Our secret drinking problem

Many Kiwis want to cut back on the booze but few are willing to seek the help they admit they need.

Pre-loading drinkers 'pissed as newts'

Party-goers 'pre-loading' on booze admit arriving at bars drunk or high.

Global Drug Survey: Key findings

What New Zealanders revealed about their drug habits as part of a global survey.

How much booze is too much?

Why is "happy drunk" not enough for some of us? Do you reach your limit and keep drinking?

No laughing matter

Person inhaling nitrous oxide from a balloon.

The popularity of laughing gas as a recreational drug is ballooning.

Doping for grades

global drug survey 2015

Performance-enhancing drugs are moving from the sports field to the classroom.

High interest in NZ drug laws

Legal high

New Zealand’s brief experiment with a regulated market for legal highs is the subject of international attention.

What's the Global Drug Survey?

global drug survey 2015

A quick run-down of what the 2015 Global Drug Survey is all about.

Binge drinking: are you an ARSE?

alcohol generic

Lost your cellphone down the loo again? Woke up next to someone you don't recognise? Find out what your drinking says about you.

Inside the politics of pot


Most users of cannabis would not use more if the drug became legal, survey reveals.

Kiwis go for mystery


Drug users are playing a potentially fatal game of snorting mystery white powders, usually at parties.

Stoned at work


Many Kiwis are getting high before work - and employers are undertaking drug testing themselves.

Live chat: Synthetic cannabis

Peter Dunne

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne joined us to discuss synthetic cannabis and its use.

Legal high 'timebomb'

Legal Highs

Synthetic cannabis puts more New Zealanders in hospital per use than any other drug.

Live chat: prescription drugs

Are Kiwis gobbling too many painkillers? What about "hillbilly heroin"? Join our live chat with expert Jeremy McMinn.

Kiwis taking to 'hillbilly heroin'

Pills, drugs

Kiwis take prescription pills with alarming regularity, particularly 'hillbilly heroin', which is handed out too easily.

Live chat: Kiwis' drug use

Ross Bell

An invisible swathe of middle-class Kiwis are drinking heavily and indulging in drugs. Let's talk about the issues in this live chat.

Drugs 'don't define me'

Pills, drugs

Look around your workplace and you are almost guaranteed to see a regular drug user.

Survey adds to global knowledge

Shot glass

The Global Drug Survey, launched in 2010, attracted responses from more than 78,000 people across the world this year - including, for the first time, almost 6000 from New Zealand.

Middle class drinks heavily


A swathe of middle-class Kiwis drink heavily and indulge in drugs - survey. | Full coverage | Graphic | A user speaks

Cannabis 'hikes schizophrenia risk'


Some heavy cannabis users are up to 11 times more likely to develop schizophrenia, a drug symposium in Auckland has been told.

Drugs forced us out

stoned, drug user, addict

Illegal drug use has impacted our lives in a way I wouldn't have thought possible.

I needed weed for the pain


I have to wonder what is worse: cannabis itself, or the fact it's currently illegal?

Hard to kick pot habit


I found out the hard way the dark side of the 'magical non-addictive plant' pot.

Drug use: It could be anybody


He came down and stood in the hallway saying he didn't feel well.

Bang for your buck

Will price hikes deter binge drinkers?



Does hiking the price of booze deter people from drinking alcohol? Not if Cup Week is anything to go by. 

Push to get stoners off roads

The memorial garden for Krystal Barnett

AA wants police to be able to drug-test every driver they stop, as very few drugged motorists caught.

Methadone weans painkiller addicts


Thousands of Kiwis are on methadone to get them off heavier drugs, with many addicted to painkillers.

Cannabis trumps drink

Cannabis, smoking

Many Kiwis are turning to cannabis as alternative to alcohol, which might explain why we are among the highest users in the world.

'Hillbilly heroin' use grows


Prescriptions for addictive painkiller are growing at an alarming rate despite nationwide calls for doctors to curb its use.

Get drunks off the streets

drunk woman

What negative connotations to our society would there be if we re-introduced a law against public intoxication?

I'm proud to admit I use cannabis


Marijuana helped turn an unruly teenager into the man I am today, and I am proud to admit that I smoke.

Small cocaine use in NZ

Cocaine in bags

Is New Zealand the land of the long white line? Well, not really.

Dealers swapped for online drugs


Kiwi drug-users are passing up street dealers, instead spending big through online black markets.

Do we want to change?

Person drinking alcohol, binge drinking, beer

We must acknowledge that alcohol is a drug that we legally use to alter our state of mind.

Drug use: Like father, like son

Marijuana / Cannabis


I can guarantee you that the choice only lasts as long as it takes to become addicted.

Drug use a personal matter


I have used illegal drugs for the the past 30 years and they have given me some great moments.

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