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Vili Nosa Dwaine Faletanoai Audrey Po'e-Tofaeono David Newcombe


Historically, alcohol and tobacco use has been the main substance use for Pacific people in New Zealand (NZ).1,2,3 However, more recently, illicit drug use is a new emerging concerning trend amongst Pacific people in New Zealand. Illicit drugs refer to highly addictive and illegal substances such as cannabis, synthetic cannabinoids, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine. Importantly, Pacific youth have been identified as having higher prevalence rates than other age groups in the Pacific population in New Zealand. 4 Although, Pacific people have higher rates of substance abuse, they tend to have lower rates of accessing health service access compared with the New Zealand general population.5 Very little research has examined illicit drug use for Pacific people.  With the emergence of rising illicit drug use, there is an urgent needed to identify why illicit drugs will become an issue for Pacific people in the future.    

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A perspective on Illicit drug use for Pacific people living in New Zealand . (2022). Pacific Health Dialog, 21(10), 693-696.