• Festival drug deaths should spark a deeper debate

    John Coyne     |      February 12, 2019

    The latest deaths of young people at music festivals have sparked an overdue public debate on drug harm reduction, zero tolerance of drug use, and pill testing but a broader discussion on the strategic challenges of reducing the supply of drugs is required.

  • Australia needs stronger pharmaceutical transparency rules

    Open Forum     |      February 9, 2019

    Researchers warn Australian pharmaceutical companies are no longer required to publicly disclose many payments to the health sector, and advocate for US-style legislation to ensure full and long-lasting transparency.

  • Tackling the Australian “ice” epidemic

    Cassidy Webb     |      January 25, 2019

    The Australian “Ice Epidemic” presents considerable risks to not only the individual user, but their families, friends, and entire communities in Australia, but collective action can help to tackle the issue.

  • Methamphetamine and alcohol remain Australia’s problem drugs

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2018

    Methamphetamine was the leading drug problem for the seventh year running according to a report by Odyssey House NSW, one of Australia’s largest alcohol and drug treatment services.

  • Drugs in our waterways, the bugs and beyond

    Open Forum     |      November 8, 2018

    Medicines designed for humans are finding their way into our rivers and streams and are accumulating in insects and their predators with potentially damaging effects on the food chain.

  • 5 ways to mitigate drug and alcohol cravings

    Tricia Moceo     |      November 5, 2018

    Practicing healthy habits helps improve everyone’s well-being, but can be especially helpful to people struggle to recover from drug and alcohol addictions. When we look after ourselves and find find pleasure in mundane daily tasks, anxiety over uncontrollable stressors – and the risk of relapse – lowers substantially.

  • Policing illicit drugs effectively

    John Coyne     |      July 27, 2018

    Real successes in reducing the supply and use of illicit drugs are frequently overlooked or undermined, often because they’re inconvenient for the many advocates of decriminalisation.

  • Cannabis does not relieve chronic pain

    Open Forum     |      July 5, 2018

    A four-year study suggests that the use of medicinal cannabis is not as effective at relieving chronic non-cancer pain as its proponents usually claim.

  • 1 in 20 Australian deaths are caused by alcohol and illicit drugs

    Lynelle Moon     |      April 2, 2018

    Alcohol and illicit drugs are responsible for nearly 1 in every 20 deaths in Australia, according to new analysis from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

  • Pursue drug harm reduction, not a punitive response

    Deborah Rice     |      March 21, 2018

    A Melbourne roundtable organised by Australia21 argues that the social and personal toll of drug use should be tackled through harm reduction measures rather than prosecution and imprisonment.