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.
Centuries from now, antidepressants may be seen as a barbaric treatment for treating children with depression.
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.
In Australia, cocaine is most commonly snorted.
Cocaine is the second most commonly used illicit substance in Australia, after marijuana.
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Why bother chasing big drugs operations when it makes no difference? Here are three reasons.
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Scientists are beginning to understand why certain drugs and musical genres are natural partners.
Now purer and more accessible.
Budget cuts have consequences.
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A Victorian athlete's use of 'performance-enhancing' coca was met with interested approval rather than anger of the kind directed at Justin Gatlin.
Those keypads are teeming with microbes.
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What's on your cash? Studies show our money carries everything from pet DNA and old food to E.coli and traces of cocaine.
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…
A file photo from 2013 shows a woman smoking a cigarette.
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Cigarette smoking kills about 480,000 Americans annually and costs nearly US$170 billion in health care each year. Is it time we considered financial incentives to help people quit?
There’s a reason he grows this crop.
Colombia's plan to turn coca-leaf farmers into coffee growers has a fatal flaw: the market.
Researchers have created a new kind of 'drugalyser' that's less likely to give false positive readings.
A new leaf.
Bolivia is the first cocaine-producing country to take a harm reduction approach to tackling the drug trade.
Pre-WWI Bayer heroin bottle, originally containing 5g of heroin.
Be careful: many of us have tried at least two of them.
Addiction isn’t just about how much of a drug you take. It’s also about how you take it.
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The way you take a drug affects how much of it gets to your brain, and how rapidly drug levels rise and fall.
Three tons of cocaine seized by Peru’s national police from an international gang of Peruvian and Mexican drug traffickers.
Peru's economy is booming, but it has a terrible cocaine habit that could cause it problems.
Chris Christie has vowed to ‘crack down’ on marijuana if elected president.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others.
Our study found that 8% of the 1,684 elite Australian athletes we surveyed said they had used at least one of six illicit drugs – including ecstasy, cocaine and cocaine – over the previous year.
Safe injection facilities (SIFs) offer clean syringes, bandages and antiseptics to drug users. SIFs reduce overdose deaths and limit the spread of disease.
Not only can they improve public health and decrease treatment costs, but they can also address one of the root causes of addiction: loneliness.