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Abandoned boat leads police to record $448m haul of methamphetamine

Police aren’t ruling out the possibility an international drug ring is at work after Northland officers made the largest meth seizure in New Zealand history. Three men charged in connection with the methamphetamine haul have appeared in Kaitaia District Court. The trio, aged 19, 26 and 31, are charged with possession of methamphetamine for supply …

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Message on Drugs in the workplace finally getting through

Fewer workers are failing workplace drug tests in the central region, which includes Whanganui. Drug Detection Agency figures show that only 4.19 per cent of all workplace drug tests were positive in 2015 compared to 4.85 per cent the previous year. Hayden Loader, general manager of Whanganui construction company Loaders, said he believes workplace drug …

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Workplace drug rise

An increase in the number of employees testing positive for drugs in Northland could be due to businesses readying themselves for new health and safety regulations to come into effect next month. The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) tested 5000 Northland people last year, with seven per cent (350) testing positive. Methamphetamine made up 19.6 per …

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Regular methamphetamine use has soared in past five years

By using multipliers for the data based on population numbers, the researchers found that, in 2013–14, there were 268,000 regular methamphetamine users and 160,000 dependent users aged 15 to 54 years in Australia. “This equates to population rates of 2.09% for regular and 1.24% for dependent use,” the study said. “The rate of dependent use …

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TDDA – new owners expanding to create safe work environments in Waikato

The Drug Detection Agency is stepping up efforts against workplace drug and alcohol use in Waikato, with new owners Graeme and Leona Smith keen to create safe work and living environments. Graeme and Leona Smith bought the Waikato-Coromandel arm of the agency recently and, together with a team of 10, provide a comprehensive range of …

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