Planning and Funding
Telephone: 0064 3 364 4130
P O Box 1600,
Fax: 0064 3 364 4165
21 September 2017
Email: [FYI request #6576 email];
Dear Jason RE Official information request CDHB 9706
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request dated 20 September 2017
requesting the following information from the Canterbury District Health Board.
I would like information about the Christchurch Methadone Program / Christchurch Opioid Recovery
Service staff reporting OST patients to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) or NZ Police when
they screen positive for other drugs, in particular cannabis.
How many patients have been reported to the NZTA or NZ police by staff at the Christchurch
Methadone Program / Christchurch Opioid Recovery Service in the last 5 years for screening positive for
cannabis? Please provide a breakdown by year.
I would also like any memos, emails, directives, instructions, guidelines, policies etc regarding the
reporting of patients to the NZTA or NZ Police for positive urine screens for cannabis and other drugs. I
am not asking for confidential patient information.
We will endeavour to respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no later than 18 October
2017, being 20 working days after the day your request was received. If we are unable to respond to your
request by then, we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe.
Your request is being handled by Lara Williams. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact either
myself (details above) or Lara. (Phone 03 364 4140 or [email address]).
If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us
so that these can be taken into account.