Alerts & notifications
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.
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.
Increase in fake XanaxNotification|14 August 2020
There has been an increase in the availability of fake ‘Xanax bar’ tablets across New Zealand.
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.