INDEPENDENT NEWS

Statement on the proposed changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act

Published: Thu 13 Dec 2018 12:15 PM
Preventing harm caused by organised crime and drugs is a key priority for Police.
We know that effective prevention requires action to target supply chains, combined with health-focused support to reduce demand, addiction and improve people’s lives.
The move to schedule 5F-ADB and AMB-FUBINACA as Class A will provide Police with additional powers to target the manufacturers and suppliers of synthetic drugs, who are responsible for significant harm in our communities.
The proposals also ask Police to prioritise a health response over a criminal one in applying discretion when dealing with the possession or use of drugs.
Guided by the Policing Act 2008, the Solicitor-General’s prosecution guidelines, and Police’s Prevention First operating model, officers apply discretion on a daily basis in dealing with a range of matters, including the possession and use of drugs.
Applying this discretion increasingly includes the use of alternative resolution options including pre-charge warnings, Te Pae Oranga, and referrals to health and other support services.
Our focus continues to be on targeting the organised criminal networks who supply these harmful drugs to our communities.
However, the possession and use of illicit drugs remains illegal and prosecution remains an option in order to prevent harm and keep people safe.
Police will work closely with partner agencies to develop clear guidance for dealing with those in possession or using drugs, as legislative details are confirmed.
As this guidance is developed, Police will continue using their discretion in a way that is consistent with our Prevention First model to reduce harm, provide support to those who need it, and keep our communities safe.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Update on New Zealand and the Cook Islands travel bubble
By: New Zealand Government
Speech: Ardern - Let’s Keep Moving - 2020 Election Campaign Launch
By: New Zealand Labour Party
On Political Twins, And On Labour Extending Its Wage Subsidy Scheme
By: Gordon Campbell
Adjournment Debate: Speaker Trevor Mallard
By: Hansard
Vaping Legislation Passes
By: New Zealand Government
Overall, 82% Trust Pandemic’s Management – Down From 91%
By: Horizon Research Limited
National Releases 2020 Party List
By: New Zealand National Party
How Judith Collins stopped the bleeding
By: Horizon Research Limited
Your Vote 2020: Bringing Election Coverage To Viewers Across TVNZ Channels And Platforms
By: TVNZ
30% Believe Households Worse Off, 298,000 Expect To Lose Jobs
By: Horizon Research Limited
Findings Of Investigation Into COVID-19 Active Cases Privacy Breach
By: State Services Commission
New Zealand suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand Must Stand With Free, Democratic Nations
By: ACT New Zealand
Economic Alarm Bells Ring
By: New Zealand National Party
Adjournment Debate: PM Jacinda Ardern
By: Hansard
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media