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.
A medical cannabis grower.
Scientists have never found a medicine to help crack users who want to decrease their consumption. Canadian researchers think cannabis might be the answer.
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.
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?
Relaxing or risky?
Smoking cannabis can cause addition, impaired memory and even psychosis.
The not-for-profit UK group The Loop said it tested the drug ecstasy with ‘loop lasers’ at a festival in July 2016.
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Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said conducting on-site drug tests at public events "safely and quickly is not really a practical option". But the technology is available.
Monotony, loneliness, trauma, isolation and alienation create a demand for drugs inside.
A BBC report has revealed the extent of drug use in UK prisons. It will be difficult to tackle the problem without a radical review of sentencing practices.
A spontaneous memorial shrine to an overdose victim in Celestial Lane, Melbourne.
Public memorials to overdose victims might not only shift who we consider worth grieving, but also encourage us to reflect on the nature of memory and mourning, inclusion and exclusion.
There has been particular concern about methamphetamine use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Around 2.3% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians 15 years and over report using speed or amphetamine in the past year. This is similar to the general population.
Unlike fine wines, the older generation of drinkers aren’t improving with age.
Hard living and formative years during which health issues were understood less than today are coming home to roost.