British Columbia’s bold experiment provides an opportunity to implement more balance in Canadian drug policy, and a more principled withdrawal from the war on drugs.
Pill testing has faced a setback in Australia with insurers withdrawing insurance from Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra.
Some psychedelic drugs – paired with therapy – hold great potential for helping sufferers of PTSD, depression and other mental health disorders.
False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.
In an effort to reduce costs, drugmakers and dealers often cut, or adulterate, recreational drugs with substances that have been banned by the FDA.
The Drug and Substance Checking Bill currently moving through parliament marks another milestone in New Zealand’s shift away from criminalisation and towards harm reduction.
There’s buzz about MDMA – yes, the same ingredient in the street drug known as Ecstasy – being a game changer in the treatment of PTSD. A psychiatrist who treats PTSD says, “Not so fast.”
I was an expert witness to the coronial inquest into five drug-related deaths across Melbourne between July 2016 and January 2017. Here’s what we should do to prevent similar tragedies.
The TGA is currently evaluating a proposal to legalise MDMA and psilocybin for the treatment of mental illness. But there are a few reasons Australia isn’t quite ready to take this step.
Drugs like MDMA, ketamine, LSD and psylocibin may help heal the wounds of trauma - but more research is needed.
Drug slang can help researchers understand drug trends. But if you’re taking a drug called by a street name, make sure you know what it is.
MDMA is better known as the party psychedelic Ecstasy or Molly. Used clinically, together with psychotherapy, it reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and shows promise with couples.
Few teens use MDMA and scare tactics, like those we’ve seen recently, are unlikely to reduce existing drug use further.
Pill testing, no more sniffer dogs and fewer strip searches are some of the ways the NSW coroner says will reduce drug deaths at music festivals.
A person’s drug experience can be influenced by many different things, such as heat, access to water and dosage.
There’s no evidence drug use is a barrier to job seeking. And testing can’t distinguish between one off, irregular or regular use.
Most drug use among Australian festival goers appears to be occasional and isn’t problematic. But a small group experience higher rates of drug-related harms.
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.
Australia is about to start its first trial of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of anxiety and depression. If the results are positive, this could transform the way we treat mental illness.
A new study suggests that MDMA could be a useful therapeutic tool.