But when does it become a problem?
Drug use is down – but that's a long way from the whole story.
If only we had a few more recruits.
Trials into the effectiveness of drugs and treatments struggle to recruit enough participants, yet we rely on their results anyway.
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.
The women were not supported through traumatic events.
I conducted interviews with 26 young women in alcohol and drug treatment services in Victoria. More than half of them disclosed a history of sexual abuse and 20 spoke about cutting themselves.
A nurse treats Johnny at Vancouver’s Crosstown Clinic before he self-injects his medication.
© Aaron Goodman
Hoping to avoid the pitfalls and tropes of drug genre photography, documentary photographer Aaron Goodman spent a year following three addicts enrolled in a heroin-assisted treatment program.
Methamphetamine comes in several forms – crystal, or ice, is by far the strongest.
The ice taskforce's report sends a clear message about the importance of focusing on drug use as a health issue. This signals an important shift in thinking.
Stigma doesn’t help.
Man on stairs via www.shutterstock.com.
Stigma toward heroin use might prevent a lot of people from using the drug, but these attitudes don't help people who are dependent.
There is no evidence to suggest mandatory treatment outside of the criminal justice system would work.
There is no evidence to suggest mandatory treatment outside of the criminal justice system would work. Instead, we need to increase funding for treatment programs, including early intervention.
HIV-infected H9 T cell captured by a scanning electron micrograph.
HIV therapy that enables patients with the virus to live a healthy life is a great success for modern medicine. But what are the challenges to coming up with a complete cure?
Grasping for a solution.
There's a worrying lack of evidence for what works when it comes to drug treatment. And our addiction services are suffering as a result.
Drug-based therapies for anxiety disorders work on roughly half of those affected and treated.
There is hope that new drugs can be created to treat anxiety disorders after seven new genes were linked to these diseases.
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.
What worked for you doesn’t work for everyone.
You would be forgiven for thinking that Russell Brand, that radical left-winger and advocate of revolution, and Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative secretary of state for work and pensions, didn’t have anything…
In states like Massachusetts, heroin overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years.
In the 1930s, Harry J. Anslinger, the first head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, embarked on a fierce anti-marijuana campaign. Highlighted by the 1936 anti-marijuana film Reefer Madness – where marijuana…
Drugs widely used to treat asthma and pneumonia can become ineffective because they work with the lung cells’ body clock…