About the study

In New Zealand it is possible that there is an increasing number of people who are developing problems with opioid painkiller addiction. If so, this would mirror what has happened in other countries like the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

What is the study trying to find out?

The purpose of the study is to better understand the experiences of people who get treatment in specialist addiction services for their addiction to prescription or over-the-counter painkillers and the experiences of those who don’t get treatment.

Benefits of the study

The possible benefits of the study are:

  • People with opioid painkiller addiction can tell their story about their use of painkillers;
  • Doctors and other health professionals will understand how these problems develop, the problems that some people face when trying to get help, and what works best for people in treatment; and
  • People working at government level will use this information to make better decisions about how addiction services are provided.

Where is the study being conducted and what does it involve?

The study is being conducted in Auckland, New Zealand and will consist of three face-to-face interviews with the researcher:

  • one at the start of the study,
  • one three months later
  • a final one three months after that (a total of three interviews over 6 months).

The interviews will take around an hour, and will be conducted at a place that the participant is comfortable with (this could be at an office at the university, at Community Alcohol and Drug Services or somewhere else).


In recognition of their time and costs to attend, participants will receive a $40 voucher at the completion of each interview.