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.
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.
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.
Hard living and formative years during which health issues were understood less than today are coming home to roost.
If people are going to take drugs, wouldn't it be better if they knew what was in them?
Awareness of social factors, such as society's perpetuation of masculinity, are critical to understanding the interconnections between trauma, disadvantage and substance abuse in young men.
Prince’s death was recorded as accidental. Accidents are common when it comes fentanyl, a powerful pain killer 100 times stronger than morphine.
What exactly is addiction? What role, if any, does choice play? And if addiction involves choice, how can we call it a "brain disease," with its implications of involuntariness?
If countries are serious about drug reform, they must address the disproportionate harm of current drug policies on women worldwide.
Why are so many people in dire need of pain relief unable to access the powerful painkillers that are so commonly prescribed in the United States?
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.
The government's blanket ban on psychoactive substances is all over the place.
With use of drugs such as ice on the rise, drug consumption rooms are now being set up in Europe to provide supervised inhalation.
All Australian government-funded construction sites now require contractors to have a comprehensive fitness for work policy that includes mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
To tackle the ice problem, the government must learn from experience and avoid adopting a blinkered law enforcement approach.
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.
Many untested drug therapies are expensive at best and potentially dangerous at worst. So what treatments do work for ice and other drug users?
HIV is still a major public health issue among the most at-risk groups, and efforts to tackle it need to get smarter.
Are addicts sick and helpless victims with little control over their own behaviour, or brazen criminals who deserve to be punished accordingly?
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.