Alerts & notifications
Synthetic cannabinoid harm in Christchurch linked to hospitalisationsNotification|10 November 2022
A particularly dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids has been linked to serious harm in Christchurch in November 2022.
Yellow tablet/powder containing potent opioid likely to cause serious harmNotification|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 in NZNotification|08 December 2021
The synthetic cathinone dimethylpentylone has been detected for the first time in New Zealand.
Serious synthetic cannabinoids harm in Christchurch linked to 4F-MDMB-BINACA and MDMB-4en-PINACANotification|26 February 2021
A dangerous batch of synthetic cannabinoids is currently present in Christchurch in February 2021.
Dangerous dose of eutylone in ‘Red Bull’ tabletsNotification|23 February 2021
A dangerous amount of eutylone has been detected in ‘Red Bull’ tablets in Christchurch and Wellington.
Flualprazolam found in fake ‘Xanax’ tabletNotification|12 October 2020
Flualprazolam, a dangerous and potent novel benzodiazepine, has been detected in yellow counterfeit Xanax pills being sold across New Zealand.
AMB-FUBINACA detectedNotification|22 September 2020
The synthetic cannabinoid AMB-FUBINACA has been detected in a number of locations across New Zealand.
Increase in fake Xanax tabletsNotification|14 August 2020
There has been an increase in the availability of fake ‘Xanax bar’ tablets across New Zealand.
Synthetic cannabinoid MDMB-4en-PINACA detectedNotification|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-Ethylheptedrone detectedNotification|29 June 2020
High Alert has received information about the presence of cathinone N-Ethylheptedrone. This has never previously been found in New Zealand.