Decriminalization of simple drug possession would treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal justice issue.
Young people often swallow any drugs they have on them when they encounter police, risking overdose to avoid a drug possession charge.
Suicide is on the rise for multiple reasons.
The U.S. suicide rate has been increasing for decades. According to a sociologist who studies suicide, depression is just one factor among many implicated social conditions.
Fentanyl has been a prime culprit in the opioid crisis in the United States. It’s now turning up in cocaine and methamphetamine in New South Wales.
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.
Safe injection facilities offer clean syringes, bandages and antiseptics to people who use drugs.
How much more suffering and death will people who use drugs have to endure?
A student cramming for exams. Some college students take stimulants to cram for exams, but studies suggest that has little positive effect.
Students looking to gain an academic edge by taking stimulants such as Adderall fail to do better on tests and also mess up their sleep. A neuroscientist explains why.
Purdue faces about 2,000 lawsuits related to the opioid crisis.
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OxyContin maker Purdue has reportedly been mulling a bankruptcy filling, just as the first of around 2,000 lawsuits against it prepares to go to trial.
Pill testing is a rare opportunity to speak to drug users about their drug use.
There are arguments against pill testing. But none are as compelling or evidence-based as the arguments for it.
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.
Quetiapine is increasingly prescribed a sleeping drug.
Quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug to treat severe mental illness, but it makes people feel sleepy, so has also been used as a sleeping pill – by prescription and illicitly.
The drug GHB gained notoriety during raves decades ago, but it is resurfacing again.
The recent death of ‘Storm Chaser’ star Joel Taylor, reportedly because of his use of the GHB, is a tragic reminder of the drug’s dangerous impact.
People without ID, like Steven Kemp, are sometimes turned away from the country’s already threadbare system of drug treatment centers.
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President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. But we need to do a lot more to prevent this crisis from escalating even further.
Most people are unaware of the severe impact ice has on the heart.
When we think of methamphetamine-related death we tend to focus on overdose. The extent of the problem, however, extends far beyond drug toxicity.
Drug related deaths are on the rise, but federal funds to programs that mitigate drug abuse are being cut in 2018.
Drug deaths are rising faster than ever. How did we get here and what to do about it?
People who take GHB at dance parties say it makes them feel euphoric and less inhibited. But the drug is easy to overdose on.
It’s easy to overdose on the recreational drug GHB, as recent cases in Melbourne show.
Police seized 200kg of methamphetamine during a drug bust in Perth, Western Australia, in May 2016.
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West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan said his state has the “worst rate of methamphetamine usage in the country”. We asked the experts to check the evidence.
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.
Opiates have emerged as a significant threat to public health in the UK.
Will stricter controls on painkillers curb abuse and addiction?
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Americans consume a staggering amount of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone - about 99% of the world’s supply. In October, after 10 years of debate the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reclassified medications…
People overdose from illicit substances, such as heroin, or prescription medications, such as valium or opioid painkillers.
In 2012, 103,000 people around the world lost their lives to drug poisoning or overdose. As terrible as this waste of life seems, it’s important to remember that drug overdoses are not inevitably fatal…