Easier access to drug treatment proposed in latest Law Commission report

New Zealand needs a greater range of residential programmes capable of providing for people requiring compulsory drug and alcohol treatment.

The Law Commission’s latest report, Compulsory Treatment for Substance Dependence (R118, 2010), proposes replacing the out-dated Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966 with a new Act that would make the law more user friendly while at the same time providing much greater safeguards for people forced to undergo compulsory treatment.