The biological pathways related to physical and emotional pain overlap.
People who use painkillers for non-medical reasons often justify it as a form of self-medication for legitimate medical diagnoses such as depression, anxiety and stress.
Many people may misunderstand the basics about opioids. That prevents researchers from understanding the full scope of the epidemic.
A new study has found usual drug treatments won’t work for half of patients.
A new study has found more than half of those in drug treatment have cognitive impairments – meaning treatment won't work for them.
Kids teething? Back in 1885, Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, containing morphine, was close at hand and earned the nickname the “baby killer.” Concerns about the dangers of readily available medications played a big role in how Canada’s drug laws evolved.
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Canadian drug policy began to take shape well before anti-immigration attacks on Chinese establishments in 1908. Drugs like opium and coke were causing grave public health concerns.
Sydney has grown rapidly since the safe injecting room was established in Kings Cross in 2001.
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Sydney's supervised injection room in Kings Cross has helped reduce harmful drug use. But many drug users who live in the outer suburbs find it difficult to get to the inner-city facility.
Students used to take drugs to get high, now they are using them to get better grades.
In alcohol or drug rehabilitation, much of the day is spent in either group or individual therapy.
There are many good private alcohol and drug treatment providers, but lack of regulation means some unethical practices are being uncovered. Here's what you should know about treatment.
Only certain compounds in cannabis are at fault.
Cannabis use is linked to psychosis, but only a small number of users will experience it.
The research shows that barring people with a history of drug offences from public housing won’t reduce the risks of harm as NSW minister Pru Goward argues.
The evidence is clear on the sort of support that is needed to reduce the harms of drug use. A punitive approach that denies people a second chance makes it more likely they will reoffend.
Young people have reported cultural gains from drug use, such as strengthening social ties and gaining access to social networks.
A new study among gay and bisexual men living with HIV found those who were occasional or regular users of party drugs reported significantly better social outcomes than non-users.
Fighting prejudice against people who use drugs should lead to a larger interrogation of society and inequality – not only a change of vocabulary.
The redress scheme cannot be a truly ‘just response’ if it says some kinds of victims simply don’t count.
The government's proposed redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse controversially excludes some victims.
Nitrous oxide inhaled out of a balloon gives the user euphoric feelings.
"Nangs" are cheap, legal and easy to get - but like most drugs, they are also highly dangerous.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users.
Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
Baby boomers who drink and take drugs risk a range of physical and mental problems that younger substance users don’t necessarily face.
More Australians over 50 are drinking and taking drugs than ever before. Here's why that can be a problem.
An officer and his dog walk the halls at a school in Indianapolis.
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When police coax information from low-level offenders with threats of harsh sentencing, it breeds distrust in the community and ultimately contributes to mass incarceration.
Has D.A.R.E. moved beyond the “just say no” days of the ‘80’s and '90’s?
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Jeff Sessions was met with considerable skepticism when he announced his desire to revive D.A.R.E. But it turns out that the current program is nothing like the ineffective D.A.R.E. of the '80's and '90's.
Cannabis remains Britain’s favourite illegal drug.
Anabolic steroids and nitrous oxide are on the up and up.
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?
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.