Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966

  • repealed
  • Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966: repealed, on 21 February 2018, by section 122(1) of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 (2017 No 4).

Reprint as at 21 February 2018

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Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966

Public Act
1966 No 97
Date of assent
20 October 1966
see section 1(2)

Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Act 1966: repealed, on 21 February 2018, by section 122(1) of the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017 (2017 No 4).


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Health.


1Short Title and commencement
3Drug addicts
4Advisory and technical committees
5Certified institutions
6Existing institutions
7Supervising committees for certain institutions
8Voluntary applications for detention in institution
9Power of District Court Judge to order detention and treatment on application of relative or other reputable person
10Period of detention
11Mode of computing period of detention
12Enforcement of order of detention when term of imprisonment imposed
13Pending reception into institution, person may be detained
14Power of arrest
15Detention during transit
16Patient unlawfully absent may be arrested without warrant
17Discharge, transfer, or release on leave of patients
18Patient may apply for discharge
19Variation of conditions of leave of absence
20Revocation of leave of absence
21Transfer of prisoner to institution
22Absence of patient for medical or dental treatment, etc
22AManagers to notify Police of deaths
23Appeals against order of District Court Judge
24Unlawful detention in institution
25Escaping from institution
26Improper conduct
27Supplying alcohol or drugs to patients
29Ill-treatment of patients
30Evidence in proceedings
31Medical certificate evidence of certain facts
32Who may not sign medical certificate
33Notice of order of detention to be given
34Immaterial errors not to invalidate orders, etc
35Legal proceedings
36General penalty
37Offences to be punishable on summary conviction [Repealed]
37APersons found intoxicated in public place [Repealed]
38Protection from civil or criminal liability of persons acting under authority of this Act
38AFees payable to medical practitioners
40Repeals and amendments
Reprint notes

An Act to consolidate and amend the Reformatory Institutions Act 1909 and its amendments, and to make better provision for the care and treatment of alcoholics and drug addicts