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The New Zealand Government Inquiry Into Mental Health And Addiction's recommendations on substance use: some reflections from the science perspective.

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Summary of "The New Zealand Government Inquiry Into Mental Health And Addiction's recommendations on substance use: some reflections from the science perspective."

The New Zealand Government Inquiry Into Mental Health And Addiction recently tabled its final report, including a substantial set of recommendations. Four of these recommendations focused specifically on interventions and policy for psychoactive substance use (including alcohol and drugs). Based on longstanding involvement in science on alcohol- and other drugs-related health and policy, and similar commission efforts, the authors briefly examine and provide comments on these recommendations from a scientific evidence perspective. In sum, the Inquiry's recommendations provide a good and sensible basis towards improved substance use-related health and reduced harms in New Zealand. Concrete design and implementation of these reforms require thoughtful consideration of key evidence, details and experiences elsewhere, as well as a concerted strive for policy coherence, in order to be successful.

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Name: The New Zealand medical journal
ISSN: 1175-8716
Pages: 65-70

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