Social Services Minister Christian Porter, speaking on Q&A.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
A pharmacist prepares to grind up a potion from unidentified pills the old-fashioned way.
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Amazon currently sells pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink, but medications are very different from books and fidget spinners.
Generally, people under 40 have reported a decrease in recent illicit drug usage since 2001, while people 40 or older have reported an increase in recent years.
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The proportion of population who use legal and illegal drugs has remained stable or trended down. Fewer young people are using, but the proportion of older people using drugs and alcohol has grown.
Is it smart to take smart drugs?
Students taking 'smart drugs' to boost their academic performance are putting their health at risk.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing for stricter sentencing in criminal cases.
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Jeff Sessions wants prosecutors to 'charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.' That's a step back to our failed experiment in mass incarceration.
Counting the cost.
The figures don't really add up.
There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of steroids seized at the Australian border over time.
There is an urgent need to reconsider steroid use as a public health issue as opposed to a criminal justice concern.
The new psychoactive drug Spice is taking its toll on frontline policing.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
In many trials, patients have been told they're getting the sugar pill. They still got better.
Twenty-two-year-old Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury was arrested on April 11 at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia. Sainsbury was due to return to Australia via London. Her suitcase contained 5.8kg…
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Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
Young people using the infamous ‘nyaope’ drug in Johannesburg.
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Portugal won the war on drugs by giving up. What lessons can South Africa learn from their approach?
Ayahuasca, a plant-based brew that gives people a psychedelic experience, can be fatal, especially when mixed with other drugs.
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Shaman have used the psychoactive effects of ayahuasca for spiritual and healing purposes for hundreds of years. But a new breed of tourist has discovered this plant-based drug.
Relaxing or risky?
Smoking cannabis can cause addition, impaired memory and even psychosis.
Real-time tracking of drug production and distribution involves standardisation and investment in manufacturing and processing infrastructure.
A pirated movie won't kill you, but a counterfeit blood-thinner might. Australia needs stronger laws and tougher enforcement to counter fake drugs.
Drinking alcohol, not taking illicit drugs like ecstasy or LSD, is more closely linked with violence. Yet, media reports tend to say the opposite.
Media reports tend to link violence to illicit drugs when alcohol is far more likely to be to blame.
London-based gangs are sending youngsters around the country to deliver drugs.
Next time you hear of a young person being branded as a feral gang member, dig a little deeper.
Why are drugs so pricey?
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Trump has vowed to use new bidding procedures to curb the soaring cost of new drugs. There's a better solution, however, that doesn't risk also curbing the development of lifesaving treatments.
The market for sythnetic cannabinoids, or spice, shows no sign of decreasing.