New Zealand

 

Methadone Treatment: available

Methadone treatment is available at 20 methadone treatment services throughout the country. In major cities there are also general practitioners prescribing methadone. Travellers needing continued methadone treatment in New Zealand are strongly advised to ask their home prescriber to contact a New Zealand clinic or GP well in advance of their intended journey to provide sufficient time for arrangements to be made (there might be waiting lists).

Importation of Methadone: possible

Travellers wishing to bring methadone to New Zealand for personal use as medication should contact their home country's Health Authority, supply full details to them and obtain a certificate stating that the Authority is satisfied that the traveller requires methadone for the treament of a medical condition, that they have been legally supplied for that purpose and that the traveller is entitled to be in possession of methadone under current law. A copy of this certificate should be sent to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, Therapeutics Section. In addition the New Zealand Ministry requires the following information:

The traveller's name and address, phone and fax number; name and address of the person to whom documents are to be sent (if different); name and address of the prescribing doctor with contact phone and fax number; name of the drug prescribed; daily dosage (mg/day); amount carried on arrival in New Zealand; how packed (e.g. one jar of tablets; 5 bottles of liquid); proposed date of arrival in New Zealand.

The above information should be sent to the Therapeutics Section with a minimum of 5 working days' notice plus time for postage. The Ministry will then issue a certificate/letter for the traveller to carry and present to Customs when entering New Zealand.

Contact Addresses:

Ministry of Health
Therapeutics Section
PO Box 5013
Wellington
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 4962000
Fax: +64 4 4962340

Ministry of Health
Health Information Service
PO Box 5013
Wellington
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 4962000
Fax: +64 4 4962340

 

Methadone Treatment Services:

Manager
Methadone Treatment Services
Northern Alcohol & Drug Services
Whangarei Hospital
Whangarei
New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 4382079
Fax: +64 9 4384822

Opioid Treatment Service
Pitman House
50 Carrington Road
Point Chevalier
Auckland
New Zealand
Phone:
+64 9 815 5841
Fax: +64 9 815 5840
(contact details last updated Jan 9, 2013)


Manager
Methadone Treatment Service
Alcohol and Drug Resource Centre
19 Ruakiwi Road
Hamilton
New Zealand
Phone/Fax: +64 7 8394352


Manager
Methadone Service
Health Waikato
609 Mackay Street
Thames
New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 8689550
Fax: +64 7 8689206


Co-ordinator
Lakes Methadone Service
4 Hinemaru Street
PO Box 1802
Roturua
New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 3483598
Fax: +64 7 3481783


Clinical Co-ordinator
Opioid Substitution Treatment
Community Alcohol & Drug Service
c/o Tauranga Hospital
PO Box 12024
Tauranga

Bay of Plenty
New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 579 8391
Fax: +64 7 571 8095
(Contact details last updated December 15, 2009)


Manager
Methadone Service
Hathor House
PO Box 12-024
Tauranga
New Zealand
Phone: +64 7 5785767
Fax: +64 7 5778565


Manager
Methadone Treatment Service
Alcohol & Drug Services
Taranaki Base Hospital
Private Bag 2012
New Plymouth
New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 7575410
Fax: +64 6 7537715


Manager
Methadone Treatment Service
Awhina House
Private Bag 7001
Gisborne
New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 8671764
Fax: +64 6 8673236


Manager
Methadone Treatment Service
Community Health Addiction Services
Private Bag
Napier
New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 8352119
Fax: +64 6 8359234


Methadone Co-ordinator
Good Health Wanganui
Private Bag
Wanganui
New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 3453909
Fax: +64 6 3450551


Manager
Methadone Services
Palmerston North Hospital
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 3572066
Fax: +64 6 3570755


Manager
Methadone Treatment Service
Alcohol & Drug Services
265 Adelaide Road
Wellington
New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 389/8340 or/8653
Fax: +64 4 3898008


Wairau Addictions Service
Manager: Eileen Varley
Methadone Coordinator: Louise Lissaman
Postal: Wairau Hospital, PO Box 46, Blenheim
Physical: Hospital Rd, Blenheim
Phone: ++64 3 520 9908
Fax: ++64 3 520 9929
(Contact details last updated May 7, 2013)


Nelson Addictions Service
Manager: Eileen Varley
Methadone Coordinator: Elizabeth Steele
Postal: Private Bag 18,
Nelson, New Zealand
Physical: 31 Pascoe St, Tahunanui, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
Phone: ++64 3 546 1994
Fax: ++64 3 546 1993
(Contact details last updated May 7, 2013)


Manager
Methadone Services
Seaview Hospital
Private Bag
Hokitika
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 7558044
Fax: +64 3 7558044


Christchurch Alcohol and Drug Service
Hillmorton Hospital
Sylavan Street
Middleton
Christchurch 8042
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 3 3354350
Fax: +64 3 3354351
(Contact details last updated April 14, 2014)


Manager
Methadone Treatment Service
Alcohol & Drug Centre
Timaru Hospital
Private Bag 911
Timaru
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 6841420
Fax: +64 3 6841466
(Contact details last updated July 2, 2004)


Manager
Community Alcohol and Drug Service
Wakari Hospital
Dunedin
New Zealand
Phone +64 3 4769760
Fax: +64 3 4769785

[Foreign travellers are taken straight on the programme for the lenght of the time they stay in Dunedin, even though there is still a waiting list for locals (3 month wait). For transfers the clinic needs info from the home prescriber on the patient's progress (including daily dosage) and any concerns there may be - before the patient's arrival. They also need a photo for identification. The average dose of methadone given is 100 mg, but higher-dosed patients will be accepted. Usually no take-away doses are given out. The methadone has to be drunk at a pharmacy daily.]

(Dunedin contact details last updated March 4, 2011)


Manager Methadone Services
Rhanna Clinic
Southland Hospital
Private Bag
Invercargill
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 214572
Fax: +64 3 2145789

 

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(This page last revised May 7, 2013)