Party pills were an entertainment food product and alternative drug made available to the general public through legal grey areas. The main ingredient was generally BZP, known for inducing some form of munted-ness, inability to sleep, acute psychosis and profuse sweating.
Also known as "Legals" or "Herbals". However, contrary to what your local bedroom hard house DJ told you, they contained nothing herbal in them.
The impact Party Pills made on New Zealand society was brief but wide. Initially they were considered a nasty fake drug but soon rose in popularity due to New Zealand's love for getting absolutely shit-faced.
It spawned a short-lived but vibrant industry that powered night clubs, bars, workplaces, schools and dairies. The sheer volume of new product variations arriving on the market each year showed the public just how easy and profitable it was to become a drug dealer.
Naturally, with any drug-related product, controversy soon followed. Local neighbourhood corner dairies would sell large varieties to anyone, causing outrage among concerned parents and convenient delight for everyone else. Politicians leveraged the controversy to score political points. Medical professionals raised health concerns. But all the controversy and concern could not seemingly stop the rise in popularity.
Some dairies still attempted to defy the government but were eventually cracked down on.
The void left behind in the BZP wake was initially filled with a dodgy, killer synthetic cannabis. This was eventually banned in 2014.
Nowadays the void has reverted back to New Zealand's favourite substance - P.