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New research into pill testing at festivals shows not everyone reacts to a test result the way you’d expect. from www.shutterstock.com

Can a $12 pill test for ecstasy save lives? Well, it’s complicated

New research shows some festival goers are willing to take a dodgy pill regardless of the test result. So, let's use pill testing to educate them and others about reducing their risk.
If most of your peer group is experimenting with substances, you will almost certainly be offered them. Nina Maile Gordon/The Conversation

How hard is it to say ‘no’ to drugs?

While the majority of teenagers don't take illicit drugs, there's still a chance you might be offered them. Here's how to say no, according to an expert.
“Just say no” messages are ignored because young people want to have fun. Marvin Meyer

In debates about drug use, fun is important

People who use party drugs say it gives them energy to dance and socialise, reduces their inhibitions and enhances their feelings of connection to others.
No, it’s not mostly unemployed people who dropped out of school. Aranxa Esteve

Three Charts on who uses illicit drugs in Australia

Around 35% of Australians have tried marijuana at some point in their life, and 11% have tried ecstasy. Most people who try drugs do so for a short period in their lives – mostly in their 20s.
Synthetic cathinones are sometimes sold as “bath salts” or “plant food”, but are intended to be snorted or swallowed for their psychoactive effects. Shutterstock

Weekly Dose: ephylone, the dangerous designer stimulant found at Groovin the Moo

Ephylone belongs to the growing class of designer stimulants called synthetic cathinones. The effects have been described as a mix between MDMA and cocaine, while others are more similar to ice.

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