With regular music festivals, people can more easily seek help or advice about drug and alcohol or mental health issues. But with drive-ins we need to be creative to minimise harms.
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New research shows Australians are becoming more open to less punitive responses to drug use.
Just around 3% of teens have used MDMA (ecstasy) in the past year.
Few teens use MDMA and scare tactics, like those we've seen recently, are unlikely to reduce existing drug use further.
Schoolies is a rite of passage for many Australian teenagers as they finish their exams and leave school. But are you prepared?
Schoolies and other leavers' celebrations are a chance for teenagers to exert their independence and experiment with their identity as a young adult. And yes, you can help without losing your cool.
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.
The average festival goer is young, white, well educated and employed.
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.
New research into pill testing at festivals shows not everyone reacts to a test result the way you’d expect.
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.
The research shows that barring people with a history of drug offences from public housing won’t reduce the risks of harm as NSW minister Pru Goward argues.
The evidence is clear on the sort of support that is needed to reduce the harms of drug use. A punitive approach that denies people a second chance makes it more likely they will reoffend.
There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of steroids seized at the Australian border over time.
There is an urgent need to reconsider steroid use as a public health issue as opposed to a criminal justice concern.
Medically supervised injecting facilities can prevent overdoses turning into a medical emergency. So why has progress in Victoria stalled?
There's no legal reason why Victoria can't have its own medically supervised drug injecting room to prevent more overdoses, despite political setbacks.
How should we deal with this?
Most of our drugs policies have failed to curb use or reduce their impact on individuals or society. It's time for a more enlightened and informed approach.
The proposed fund would invest in new approaches to reducing harms and deaths associated with alcohol and other drug use.
PolicyCheck unpacks the details and history of the Greens' proposed $10 million Harm Reduction Innovation Fund drug policy.
Instead, we need to adopt a harm-minimisation approach.
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International evidence suggests "awareness" campaigns are not the best way to address harmful methamphetamine use. Fear-based approaches can increase stigma and drive people from treatment.
In the aftermath of Glee star Cory Monteith’s death, a lot of media attention has focused on his ‘troubled life’ and ‘dark past’.
Public attitudes towards drugs are shaped by many things, including high-profile celebrity encounters with drugs and addiction. One unfortunate example of this involves popular Canadian actor Cory Monteith…