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What we learnt from checking 2602 drugs last year

Nearly 1 in 5 drugs were different to what the person thought they had

What is n-iso?

New Zealand’s drug checking organisations have been seeing something called n-isopropylbenzylamine lately. Here's what we know.

What’s happening with roadside drug testing?

New random roadside drug testing was supposed to begin this month in New Zealand, but its rollout has been delayed.

After the storm: Managing withdrawal

People with addictions living in communities impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle may now be experiencing a forced break from drug use. If you or someone you know is now experiencing withdrawal symptoms, here are some tips on getting through:

Drug harm reduction and Auckland flooding

Our thoughts are will all those affected by recent flooding in Tāmaki Makaurau. Here are some suggestions of things to consider to keep safe and well if you're planning on using drugs. 

Here's what we're seeing at drug checking clinics

Ahead of summer, here's a look at what's showing up at drug checking clinics across Aotearoa.

Why does The Level exist?

Despite more than half a million New Zealanders using illicit drugs every year, information to make drug taking safer remains limited. Executive director of the NZ Drug Foundation Sarah Helm explains how they’re changing that with The Level.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

A heads up on harmful synnies

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