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.
Around 75,000 New Zealanders have been sentenced for a cannabis-related offence since 1975. With the drug more popular than ever, is it time we let the evidence guide our decisions?
Marijuana use in pregnancy is linked to preterm birth and small for gestational age infants.
Legalization and social acceptability of marijuana have contributed to a false perception that it's safe to use in pregnancy. The truth is, there is no known safe level of prenatal marijuana exposure.
Opioid-related deaths in Australia have been on an upward trend in recent years, having doubled since 2006.
Cannabis use is increasingly mainstream.
New research explores how using cannabis at different times of the day influenced employee behaviour.
Overseas evidence suggests cannabis law reform should favour caution and strict enforcement of the new rules.
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New research shows Australians are becoming more open to less punitive responses to drug use.
Continued drug dependence treatment for people locked down in housing estates is important. But people not currently in treatment also need support.
Our new research suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has meant people are using illicit drugs less. But decreased use can mean higher risk of overdoses.
We found babies born to mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy were likely to weigh less and be born earlier. Our study adds to a growing body of evidence on this topic.
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.