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Parents and Caregivers

As parents and caregivers we are constantly trying to keep up with the young people in our lives. The ever-changing drug culture in New Zealand means that sometimes as adults we feel uninformed and out of our depth. This online community has been developed to support you help answer some of the questions you have related to alcohol and drug education.


Visit the Alcohol and Drug information section to read the FAQ’s about the many drugs available. Go to  If you can’t find the answers to your questions then post a message to our forums either on the Ask a FADE consultant forum and receive an answer form one of FADE’s experienced consultants or on to the Parents and Caregivers forum where one of your peers may be able to help. Post your messages here

Need information about drug testing?

The Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) website has information about drug testing. Go to:

Where can you go to get help?

Alcohol & Drug Helpline
0800 787 797 New Zealand only

Odyssey House
(09) 631 0624 New Zealand only

P O Box 38 667, Auckland. Tel: (09) 534 7022 Fax: (09) 534 7024.
Email: New Zealand only

More nation wide help agencies can be found on the New Zealand Drug Foundation website here:

Relevant research

Read the latest research about mental health and cannabis here. Study shows that early -onset cannabis use may predispose to suicide attempt. See

Visit the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for up-to-date research related to alcohol and drug issues. Go to