Executive Summary

The New Zealand Law Commission states: many resources are directed into criminalizing people rather than providing them with medical help[1].Police resources and tax-payer contributions could be invested into community or state controlled harm minimization initiatives to treat addiction. This could reduce acts of recidivism and release pools of resources. Nature of addiction requires prevention and treatment approaches, it is a costly, compulsive disease; people continue to use despite direst of consequences[2].

[1] Phillip Smith, New Zealand Commission Urges Drug Law Reform, (2011). < http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2011/may/03/new_zealand_commission_urges_dru> [3/6/2012].

[2] Nora. D. Volkow, Drugs, Brains and Behaviour: The Science of Addiction, National Institute of Drug Abuse, United States, (2004).