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Sex, drugs and staying safer

There are some common effects you may experience while having sex on certain drugs. We go through a few of them - plus tips on how to be safer.

How to use injectable naloxone

What is naloxone? Naloxone is a lifesaving drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It can be used for overdoses from most opioids - including prescription drugs like morphine, fentanyl, and methadone, as well as for illicit drugs like heroin, opium, and other synthetic opioids.

A new type of drug campaign: TV ads to reduce drug harm

The student-led short series tackles some of the uncomfortable realities of drug and alcohol use that are seldom represented in Aotearoa New Zealand’s media.

Can't get prescription cannabis? Read this and stay safer

Despite medicinal cannabis being legal in Aotearoa, around a quarter of a million kiwis are buying their medicine from a completely unregulated illegal market, with no quality control whatsoever. We asked two leading experts to share some harm reduction tips to keep them safer.

What a Rush: a short history of poppers in New Zealand

Poppers: you might know these little amber bottles of inhalant as ‘rush’, ‘amyl’ or ‘leather cleaner.’ We're delving into the role of poppers in the gay community, their odd legal status and what to expect if you're using.

Fentanyl in Wairarapa - Everything you need to know

Over Matariki weekend 2022, fentanyl was detected in a white powder sold as cocaine and meth that has led to the hospitalisation of 12 people.

How to use fentanyl test strips for powders or pills

Fentanyl is a drug that is often used medically to relieve pain. Only extremely small doses are needed to have an effect and a few micrograms extra can cause an overdose. This is why, if you’re not expecting fentanyl, you might unexpectedly overdose.

What you need to know about High Alert's recent notification

You may have heard about a brown powder – sold as MDMA, that has been linked to some hospitalizations recently (more info on the High Alert website).

What’s in your dose? NZ study to examine Kiwi microdosers

University of Auckland PhD candidate, Estelle Miller, wants to know more about New Zealanders who microdose. 

What's up with GHB these days?

GHB/GBL/1,4-BD (aka G, wazz, fantasy, liquid ecstasy) has been in the news lately. We're taking a closer look at what's going on and ways to stay safer. 

Blue meanies and gold tops: Shroom safety tips from an ecologist

It's getting dark early, the days are getting colder, and it’s been raining. If all that rain has you thinking about foraging for magic mushrooms, the first thing we’d tell you is don’t go it alone – find someone who can help identify your shrooms.

What the new roadside drug testing law means for you

From March 2023, police will be able to conduct random roadside drug tests on any driver on New Zealand roads. Here's what that means for you.

A different kinda party: Chemsex 101 

Better known as party ‘n’ play or PNP here in New Zealand, chemsex refers to combining certain drugs with sex, and is associated pretty exclusively with men who have sex with men.  

What to expect when you visit a needle exchange

Here’s what to expect if you’re heading to a New Zealand needle exchange outlet for the first time.  

Talking smack and panic attacks

Talking smack and panic attacks: An autopsy of the time I snorted some pills and had a freak out. What went wrong and what I wish I'd known.  
By a member of The Level. It was day two of the music festival.

What is The Level?

Kia ora, Welcome to The Level.   The Level is a straight up guide for people who use drugs.   

He aratohu tōtika The Level mā te hunga whakamahi whakapōauau.

Drug checking: what to expect

So you've got yourself a baggie of [insert your drug of choice here], but you want to make sure your drug is what you think it is: that's where drug checking comes in.

Fake benzos: what you need to know

Benzodiazepines, benzos, trip killers, Xannies: whatever you call them, it’s important to know that these drugs are not all made equally. In fact, a benzo you get from a doctor is unlikely to be the same as one you might buy online, off a mate or from a dealer.

If it's not MDMA, what is it?

A quick run-down on all the stuff that's pretending to be MDMA but isn't. Last summer, 31% of drugs sold as 'MDMA’ that were checked by KnowYourStuffNZ weren't MDMA, or were a mix of MDMA and something else.

Making changes to your cannabis use

This information was originally shared on PotHelp, a previous version of this site.  You can watch more personal stories from people who have cut down on their cannabis use here.  You can also order a free copy of our workbook on cutting down your cannabis use.

How to use reagents to test MDMA

Summer is here! And while we are all hoping that we won’t have a repeat of the 2020/21 ‘Summer of Crap Drugs’ we know there are still plenty of things sold as MDMA that are, well, not MDMA.

Covid-19, the vaccine and drugs

Covid-19, the vaccine and drugs: a research summary.  

Covid-19 has resulted in an information overload for many of us, and it can be hard to understand what information to trust, especially when it comes to our health.

Why I volunteer to check people's drugs

Jake* became a volunteer with drug checking service Know Your Stuff after a particularly scary experience with MDPV, a synthetic cathinone that Jake believed was MDMA. Jake shared his experience, what he's learned and why he wants to ensure nobody has to go through the same thing.

How to use Ehrlich's reagent to test LSD

Drug checking using reagent tests can help you find out if your LSD is what you think it is.  

Why should I test my LSD? LSD, acid, or tabs are nicknames for the hallucinogenic drug lysergic acid.

All about The Global Drug Survey

From acid to Xanax, this year's Global Drug Survey team are collecting experiences across the spectrum of drug use.   

The 2022 survey marks ten years of the Global Drug Survey, with almost one million responses collected over those years.

Summer drugs: what we know, and how to be safer 

Festival season in New Zealand is about to ramp up. But at UK festivals this year, a lot of people had drugs that weren’t what they thought they’d bought. Find out more about the drugs we might see - like MDMA, cathinones (bath salts) and more.

Picnic trips: Using drugs outdoors

If you’re planning on using drugs outside on those long summer days, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

Meth and COVID-19: How to be safer

We spoke to experts and looked at the latest research to bring you the straight up information on Covid-19 and methamphetamine.

High-minded: how mental health can affect your high

For Mental Health Awareness Week, we talked to Phil Glaser, one of the team behind The Level, about how your state of mind has a bigger impact on your trip than you might think.

Meet Emmaline Pickering-Martin who works with whānau across Aotearoa

For Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we’re highlighting some of the great work that various kaupapa Māori alcohol and other drug support services do throughout the motu. And we’re asking them what kupu (words) best describe their approach.

Tika, pono & aroha: Kaupapa Māori support in Te Awakairangi

For Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, we’re highlighting some of the great work that various kaupapa Māori alcohol and other drug support services do throughout the motu. And we’re asking them what kupu (words) best describe their approach.

How to use Nyxoid to reverse an opioid overdose

“We got our hands on naloxone to keep at our house, but it was too late, we’d already lost a friend. We kept thinking, if only we had it a few days earlier… if only we knew.

Popping the bubble: Quick tips if you're choosing to use drugs in Level 2

It can be a bit weird adjusting back to life outside your bubble, so we’ve pulled togther a few key tips to help you out if you choose to use drugs.

Calling an ambulance during lockdown - advice from a paramedic

Wondering what happens if you need an ambulance during lockdown? Blake Murray from St John answers your questions.

Advice from people who have used during lockdown

Thinking about using drugs during lockdown? Here are some practical tips from people who did.

Advice from the NZ Needle Exchange

Lockdown can be a really challenging time for people that inject drugs regularly. Here's some advice on how to look after yourself and be safer.

Opioid treatment during lockdown

Need opioid treatment during lockdown? Here's how to access support and some tips to be safer.

What are reagent tests?

Learn about reagent tests and how they can tell you what is in your drugs.

What are fentanyl test strips?

Learn about fentanyl test strips and how they can help you avoid an overdose.

A heads up on harmful synnies

Seen or heard recent reports about a particularly dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids? Find out more here.

How to do a sinus flush

Follow these steps to rinse out your sinuses and get rid of things that can cause irritation.

Paranoid Magic

This experience was shared by a young, queer Māori man as part of Rewired - a support group for men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine, run by the NZ Aids Foundation and NZ Drug Foundation.

Matthew's Story

"The first few goals I started setting was gaining employment and a place to live where I felt comfortable."
Matthew shares his experience setting goals and opening up to people.

Rachel's Story

"For people to see who you are and not to see you as your addiction, that's huge"
Rachel shares her journey through addiction into recovery.

Our Focus: meth use or meth harm?

Professor Nicole Lee shares the latest on methamphetamine at the NZ Drug Foundation's On the Road to Health Symposium, held in May 2021.

Dylan's Story

"My passion for music was kind of going down, and that's when I knew, like, will I ever get it back?"
Dylan shares his experience finding his passion for music again.

Fear of the Ogre

This experience was shared by a member of Rewired - a support group for men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine, run by the NZ Aids Foundation and NZ Drug Foundation.

Thinking about your drug use

Anna, Andre, Hera, and Cynthia share some things to think about when looking at your substance use in this short video made during the April 2020 lockdown for Covid-19.

Talking with someone about their drug use

Anna, Andre, Hera, and Cynthia share some tips on how to talk with someone about their substance use in this short video made during the April 2020 lockdown for Covid-19.

Now I'm 33

This experience was shared by a member of Rewired - a support group for men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine, run by the NZ Aids Foundation and NZ Drug Foundation.

Honesty and Sobriety

This experience was shared by a member of Rewired - a support group for men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine, run by the NZ Aids Foundation and NZ Drug Foundation.

Namaste

This experience was shared by a member of Rewired - a support group for men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine, run by the NZ Aids Foundation and NZ Drug Foundation.

Improving Prevention Webinar

UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs online side event discussing emerging and established responses for prevention of drug use and harms presented in April 2021.