This website has changed. We hope you can find what you need easily, but items have moved around. If you have trouble finding what you are looking for please let us know.

Contact us

Border to Grave project

14 March 2018

Reducing drug harm
Border To Grave
Border To Grave

New psychoactive substances (also known as ‘synthetic cannabis’, ‘party pills’ and ‘legal highs’) are proliferating internationally at an unprecedented rate.

These substances pose a significant risk to public health, with authorities having little ability to track and monitor changing trends.

Our ‘Border to Grave’ project is building a surveillance framework for the identification of new psychoactive substances across ESR’s drug testing activities.

The project will provide a novel perspective on the link between the identification of new drugs at the border, through to their real time use and abuse in the community, including motor vehicle accidents, criminal case work and drug-affected patients admitted to emergency departments. The project will sit alongside the work of our Environmental Scientists looking at drugs in waste water.

The project will enable identification of emerging psychoactive drug patterns and trends in New Zealand, and be a formative part of a drug early warning system.

Wastewater-based epidemiology

Wastewater-based epidemiology allows ESR scientists to build a picture of the health and habits of people at the community level, to help make decisions that improve the wellbeing of Aotearoa.

Learn more