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.
Fentanyl in white powder causes multiple hospitalisations in WairarapaAlert|25 June 2022
UPDATED 1 JULY 2022
Fentanyl found in white powder linked to serious harm events in the Wairarapa region.
Highly potent opioid found in fake oxycodoneNotification|25 March 2022
A very potent opioid has been found in fake blue 30mg ‘M30’ oxycodone tablets being sold in the Wellington region.
New synthetic cathinone dimethylpentylone detected inNotification|08 December 2021
The synthetic cathinone dimethylpentylone has been detected for the first time in New Zealand.
Synthetic cannabinoid harm inNotification|05 July 2021
A particularly dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids is currently present in Taranaki.
Synthetic cannabinoid harm across the lower NorthNotification|20 April 2021
A dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids is currently present across the North Island.
Dangerous dose of eutylone in ‘Red Bull’Notification|23 February 2021
A dangerous amount of eutylone has been detected in ‘Red Bull’ tablets in Christchurch and Wellington.
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.