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.
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 are many ways to reduce harm from drugs at music festivals beyond the much publicised pill testing. Here's what else we can do.
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.
A new study suggests that MDMA could be a useful therapeutic tool.
Most people assume drugs are illegal because they are dangerous, but the reasons aren't related to their relative risk or harm.
Illicit drugs can be dangerous. Read this before you use so you know what to look out for.
Every summer we hear of more deaths from drugs at festivals. But MDMA was originally a medicine, so how can it kill users?
Monkey dust is in the "bath salts" family. Here's what that means.
With several music festival patrons dying this year the pill testing debate is in full swing. Yet people can already purchase legally available test kits. Do they work?
There are arguments against pill testing. But none are as compelling or evidence-based as the arguments for it.
Many brides are ecstatic when they marry, but few use the drug ecstasy on the big day. Kim Kardashian West recently divulged that she did. A drug expert explains the big risks of the party drug.
We've got better at managing the health risks of traditional drugs of abuse, but novel psychoactive substances, or 'legal highs', are a dangerous unknown.
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.
A new study among gay and bisexual men living with HIV found those who were occasional or regular users of party drugs reported significantly better social outcomes than non-users.
Current trials suggest MDMA could used to treat psychiatric disorders as a prescription medicine by 2021. But there remain a number of unresolved patient / doctor issues to be considered.