The New Zealand Illicit Drug Harm Index 2020: Research report

The 2020 Illicit Drug Harm Index (DHI 2020) provides a comprehensive evaluation of the costs of harmful illicit drug use.

Published online: 
11 February 2022

The Drug Harm Index has been corrected and republished following the identification of an error in the way some totals were calculated. Please direct any media enquiries to: [email protected]

Estimates of total harm and harm per kilogram of drug consumed are included. Illicit drugs potentially include legal drugs (such as medication) diverted to the illicit drug market and/or the misuse of medications and excludes alcohol and tobacco.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    11 February 2022
  • ISBN:
    978-1-99-110022-1 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    McFadden M, Bellamore L & MacDonald B. 2022. The New Zealand Illicit Drug Harm Index 2020: Version 1.1. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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