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If you or a friend become confused, very hot and sweaty, and possibly aggressive after taking a pill, seek help. from www.shutterstock.com

When to seek help after taking a pill

Illicit drugs can be dangerous. Read this before you use so you know what to look out for.
MDMA itself isn’t a dangerous drug. But adulterants found in drugs made by at-home chemists can be deadly. from www.shutterstock.com

How does MDMA kill?

Every summer we hear of more deaths from drugs at festivals. But MDMA was originally a medicine, so how can it kill users?
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Are there too many music festivals?

Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
Drug consumers are using DIY kits in an attempt to find out what substances they’re ingesting – but these rudimentary kits won’t paint a full picture. Retinafunk/Flickr

DIY pill testing – is it better than nothing?

In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
How effective are drug-detection dogs in minimising harm? AAP/Paul Miller

Why drug-detection dogs are sniffing up the wrong tree

Drug-detection dogs don't stop most drug use. And they have been shown to encourage more dangerous practices, criminalise and traumatise marginalised groups, and render all as potential suspects.

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