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New Zealand Fully Legalises Drug Checking Services, First In The World To Do So

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The New Zealand parliament has passed a new bill which fully legalises drug checking services in the country, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

Drug checking services – which had previously been allowed on a trial basis at music festivals there over the past year –  allows individuals to test the safety of pills and other illicit substances without having them confiscated or being arrested.

The bill was passed with a 88-33 margin, and is expected to go into effect by next week, reports Vice.

A similar service has also been in operation in the UK, though it exists in a legal ‘grey area’ there. (source: The Guardian)

Many advocacy groups and health experts have praised the decision, with the director of the NZ Drug Foundation, Sarah Helm, saying “it’s really significant and a moment to celebrate.”

“This will prevent harm and save lives. Drug checking is a hugely effective harm…

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