more australians back legalising cannabis and 57% support pill testing, national survey shows

More Australians back legalising cannabis and 57% support pill testing, national survey shows

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Picture: David Crosling/ AAP A growing number of Australians support the legalisation of cannabis, while almost three in five back the idea of pill testing, according to a new national survey. The 2019 National Drug Strategy...
pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

Pot, pills and the pandemic: how coronavirus is changing the way we use drugs

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Picture: Shuttlestock There’s no question COVID-19 has changed many aspects of our lives. As drug researchers, we are interested in how the pandemic has affected illicit drug use in Australia. Our two new surveys of Australians who regularly...
drug regulation economic revival revolution

DRUG REGULATION ECONOMIC REVIVAL REVOLUTION

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FLATTEN THE ECONOMIC CURVE The urgency for funding for our health system is at a premium in most peoples consciousness, what happens if there are lines of Ambulances waiting for infected to be processed. So far,...
worried about your drinking during lockdown? these 8 signs might indicate a problem

Worried about your drinking during lockdown? These 8 signs might indicate a problem

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Picture: Shuttlestock We’ve seen images of people “panic buying” alcohol since lockdown started in March. Now new data from the advocacy group Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) shows people are not just stocking up for...
act cannabis laws come into effect on friday, but they may not be what you hoped for

ACT cannabis laws come into effect on Friday, but they may not be what...

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From January 31, ACT laws allow residents to cultivate and posses small quantities of cannabis. guruXOX/Shutterstock New cannabis cultivation and possession laws come into effect in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on Friday, January 31. But they’re not...
beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in the over 50s

Beer, bongs and baby boomers: the unlikely tale of drug and alcohol use in...

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Baby boomers who drink and take drugs risk a range of physical and mental problems that younger substance users don’t necessarily face. If you ask someone what a typical heavy drinker or drug user...
parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about mdma

Parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about MDMA

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Just around 3% of teens have used MDMA (ecstasy) in the past year. Franz Pfluegl/Shutterstock We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear...
when the coroner looked at how to cut drug deaths at music festivals, the evidence won. but what happens next?

When the coroner looked at how to cut drug deaths at music festivals, the...

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If NSW takes on the coroner’s recommendations, it will be among the most innovative and evidence-based states in Australia on drug policy.  from www.shutterstock.com The much-awaited NSW coroner’s report into music festival deaths was released today. In the...
‘my friends are taking mdma at raves and music festivals. is it safe?’

‘My friends are taking MDMA at raves and music festivals. Is it safe?’

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No drug is 100% safe.  Drawing by Wes Mountain My friends are taking ecstasy at raves and music festivals. Is it safe? — Anonymous Key points no drug use, including ecstasy, is 100% safe festivals...
home grown cannabis to be legal in the act. now what?

Home grown cannabis to be legal in the ACT. Now what?

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Two cannabis plants per person and four per household will be legal in the ACT from January 31. Esteban Lopez/Unsplash The Australian Capital Territory took the next step towards regulation of the illicit drug...