Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Research on party pills welcomed but more to come

Research on party pills welcomed - but more to come

Dr Gee's research on 61 patients admitted to Christchurch hospital after taking party pills was welcomed today by Associate Health Minister and Chair of the Committee on National Drug Policy, Jim Anderton, but there is more research yet to come.

"In New Zealand drugs are classified on the basis of evidence of harm, and Dr Gee's research will contribute to the collection of evidence to be reviewed on harm caused by party pills," the Progressive leader said.

Party Pills were regulated this year to R18 by Jim Anderton as Associate Health Minister, based on the evidence available which was assessed by the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD).

"I am aware of Dr Gee's research but his study is just one of number being pursued at the moment. The National Poison Centre has research underway into the effects of BZP and further research has also been funded from the government's National Drug Policy Discretionary Fund.

This further research is being undertaken by the University of Auckland (this is on party pill use by young people) and SHORE (the Centre of Social Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation). They are researching the health harms and prevalence of party pill use.

"If the results of all these studies point to the necessity for a ban then, no doubt, the experts will recommend that, and I will act on their advice. I note that these products are better regulated now than they ever have been," Jim Anderton said.

The Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs will meet with researchers once the research is complete, before giving further consideration and advice on the legal status of BZP. When the EACD first assessed BZP, they called for more research and information and the government has responded.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election