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.
LSD is far safer than alcohol or tobacco, so why don't drug laws reflect it?
Why bother chasing big drugs operations when it makes no difference? Here are three reasons.
Despite the growth in darknet drug trading in Australia, there are important reasons why it is less harmful than street drug dealing.
Media reports tend to link violence to illicit drugs when alcohol is far more likely to be to blame.
Researchers are finding medical uses for some molecules in certain street drugs, but it's important to call the drugs by their real names. Here’s why that's important.
In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.