Alerts & notifications
Highly potent synthetic opioid misrepresented asNotification|03 November 2023
More highly potent nitazene variations have been identified.
Fake oxycodone tablets linked to seriousNotification|27 September 2023
Fake oxycodone tablets, containing metonitazene, may be linked to a recent death and serious hospitalisations in New Zealand
Yellow tablet/powder containing potent opioid likely to cause seriousNotification|21 October 2022
UPDATED 28 MARCH 2023
Serious harm has been identified in relation to metonitazene found in a yellow powder. High Alert urges continued caution, particularly in the Auckland region.
New synthetic cathinone dimethylpentylone detected inNotification|08 December 2021
The synthetic cathinone dimethylpentylone has been detected for the first time in New Zealand.
Flualprazolam found in fake ‘Xanax’Notification|12 October 2020
Flualprazolam, a dangerous and potent novel benzodiazepine, has been detected in yellow counterfeit Xanax pills being sold across New Zealand.
AMB-FUBINACANotification|22 September 2020
The synthetic cannabinoid AMB-FUBINACA has been detected in a number of locations across New Zealand.
Increase in fake XanaxNotification|14 August 2020
There has been an increase in the availability of fake ‘Xanax bar’ tablets across New Zealand.
Synthetic cannabinoid MDMB-4en-PINACANotification|08 July 2020
High Alert has received information about the presence of MDMB-4en-PINACA, a synthetic cannabinoid that's an analogue of 5F-ADB.
New cathinone N-EthylheptedroneNotification|29 June 2020
High Alert has received information about the presence of cathinone N-Ethylheptedrone. This has never previously been found in New Zealand.