Fentanyl’s wide availability in the drug supply has led to an increase in unintentional overdoses. While prevention strategies are available, limited availability stymies their use.
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.
A recent report outlines how the government can reduce the harm caused by the illicit drug trade.
Decriminalisation of illicit drugs is the natural conclusion to decades of research on drug-related harms.
Social media makes it easy to spread ‘fake news’.
Young people may be at particular risk.
Step aside, Pablo Escobar. New research shows it was poor farmers who helped turn Colombia into the world’s largest drug producer when they started growing and exporting pot in the 1970s.
These online spaces are more regulated than many media reports would have you believe. And the vast majority of dark web traders are steering clear of exploiting the pandemic.
People who use illicit drugs are at increased risk during the coronavirus pandemic. But minimising that risk will improve their well-being and help avoid additional pressure on the health system.
The illicit drug trade is thriving on the dark web because it’s seen as safer and more profitable than street dealing, according to encrypted interviews with people who sell drugs online.
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.
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.
Few teens use MDMA and scare tactics, like those we’ve seen recently, are unlikely to reduce existing drug use further.
For some women with endometriosis, surgery and medication just aren’t cutting it to alleviate their pain and other symptoms. One in ten turn to cannabis.
A person’s drug experience can be influenced by many different things, such as heat, access to water and dosage.
At present South Africa is simply placing a potentially dangerous market into the hands of criminal syndicates and international traffickers.
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.
More than 1,000 people died as a result of drugs in Scotland last year.
New research shows some festival goers are willing to take a dodgy pill regardless of the test result. So, let’s use pill testing to educate them and others about reducing their risk.