Many LGBTQ+ people at risk for overdose are left out of harm reduction efforts.
The overdose crisis — coupled with a lack of accessible harm reduction services — represents a growing concern for young queer and trans men who use drugs.
Inmates work in the laundry room at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility in Santee, California, on April 22, 2020.
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, missteps in transitioning the incarcerated back to their communities places this already vulnerable populace at greater risk of getting and transmitting the virus.
A new report counts the social costs of pharmaceutical opioid misuse and illegal opioid use in Australia for 2015/2016. The numbers are fairly grim.
In trying to suppress the cannabis market in 1923, the government accidentally helped to form an impressive illegal cannabis economy.
A back alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a high-risk COVID-19 area due to the fact the vulnerable populations converge there, is pictured in January 2020.
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Drug users are already among the most marginalized and stigmatized populations in times without a pandemic. Unless we decriminalize drug use, once again they will bear the brunt of another deadly disease.
From January 31, ACT laws allow residents to cultivate and posses small quantities of cannabis.
The ACT legislation conflicts with federal laws, which still prohibit the possession of cannabis. It's unclear how police will respond and whether users could still be charged.
Drug-related deaths in rural areas rose by 41% since 2008.
Many rural communities have experienced economic decline in recent years and have poorer access to drug treatment services. This increases the risk of drug use and overdoses.
No drug is 100% safe.
A person's drug experience can be influenced by many different things, such as heat, access to water and dosage.
Two cannabis plants per person and four per household will be legal in the ACT from January 31.
What will the new legislation mean for cannabis users in the ACT? And will other jurisdictions follow?
Drug testing risks further marginalising welfare recipients.
There's no evidence drug use is a barrier to job seeking. And testing can't distinguish between one off, irregular or regular use.
Inside a strip search booth used at music festivals. New research has found strip searches have increased 20 fold in the last 12 years.
Obtained by Redfern Legal Centre from NSW Police Force under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW)
In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
Festival goers bring their phones. So why not use them to receive tweets about high-dose drugs in circulation, as the UK is doing?
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There are many ways to reduce harm from drugs at music festivals beyond the much publicised pill testing. Here's what else we can do.
The use of Krokodil has fluctuated throughout the 21st Century.
'Krokodil' means crocodile in Russian, named as such partly because of the effect it has on users' skin. But skin infection isn't the only danger the drug poses.
It can be tricky to know what to do when someone you care about starts taking drugs.
It can be really tricky to know what to do when someone you care about starts using drugs. Raising the issue and listening without judgement is a good place to start.
Regional deprivation is causing thousands of northerners – especially men – to die young each year.
Quick, easy – and very, very risky.
The Conversation UK.
Buyers think you can tell the purity of a substance by looking at on an app – evidence shows they're mistaken.
No, it’s not mostly unemployed people who dropped out of school.
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.
Nitrous oxide has been used as an anaesthetic for over 100 years.
Media-driven panic about drugs can create a perception more people are using the drug than they actually are, and when teens think 'everyone' is doing it, they are more likely to want to do it too.
The biological pathways related to physical and emotional pain overlap.
People who use painkillers for non-medical reasons often justify it as a form of self-medication for legitimate medical diagnoses such as depression, anxiety and stress.
Many people may misunderstand the basics about opioids. That prevents researchers from understanding the full scope of the epidemic.