Drug Foundation warns
The NZ Drug Foundation says we are not equipped to deal with a fentanyl crisis but Pharmac claims the country has a "good coverage of [antidote] stock".
Last weekend, 12 people were hospitalised over a 48-hour period in Wairarapa due to an overdose on the drug fentanyl. On Friday, a man in his 20s reportedly overdosed on fentanyl and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.
It is the first time the drug has been confirmed to be in New Zealand.
Drug Foundation executive director Sarah Helm said the discovery of the drug in New Zealand is one of her "worst fears come true".