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.
Humans have a desire to transcend everyday existence. So laws banning psychoactive substances are on a hiding to nothing.
For those on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Artists, their life expectancy is on par with the people of Chad, the nation with the lowest life expectancy in the world.
The Psychoactive Substances Act will have little effect unless it's backed up by a drugs education programme.
Legal highs are now illegal in the the UK but why has it taken so long for the law to be changed?
Many suspect Van Gogh suffered from foxglove extract overdose due to the yellow halos in his paintings and his portrait of his physician holding the plant.
PolicyCheck unpacks the details and history of the Greens' proposed $10 million Harm Reduction Innovation Fund drug policy.
The history of the fight against drug taking in sport shows us why we're in such a mess right now.
Ketamine may be the latest recreational drug to find a new legal use.
It's not just energy-hungry pot farms: the ties between energy and drugs run deep. Can we develop a national drug policy drawing on the lessons of the domestic oil and gas boom?
Why are animals still being used in drug development and what are the alternatives that could end their use altogether?
Have you ever wondered how the small white ibuprofen pill turns off your headache? Or how a regular antidepressant keeps your brain chemistry in balance?
The virus that could cure antibiotic resistant infections.
The consumption of homegrown cannabis has risen sharply over the past decade.
The drug-fuelled sexual practices of some gay men have increasingly become a matter of heated public debate – but there are problems with the way it is presented.
Changing drugs laws can have some very unexpected consequences.
Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
Drugs, coffee, television – they can all be described as 'addictive'. But when do they become a problem?
Some advertising content bypasses regulations to promote unrealistic beliefs about drugs.
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm told parliament that of the $1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. Are those numbers correct?