Advocating for decriminalization carries many benefits, including reducing the need for police involvement.
Decriminalization is an important step in addressing the overdose crisis, but it is crucial that other approaches — like regulation — are also in place.
I was an expert witness to the coronial inquest into five drug-related deaths across Melbourne between July 2016 and January 2017. Here’s what we should do to prevent similar tragedies.
According to Oregon law, possessing a small amount of drugs for personal consumption is now a civil – rather than criminal – offense.
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Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
Italian police seize the largest ever haul of speed just south of Naples on July 1.
Illicit and legitimate trade are closely connected, so how come one seems to be rising while the other has plunged?
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New research shows Australians are becoming more open to less punitive responses to drug use.
Demand for drugs did not disappear in lockdown.
Rivalries will have been bred, birthed and nursed during lockdown, just as they are on the street.
It's difficult to find toilet paper, but apparently there's no shortage of cannabis.
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.
Reading between the lines.
Prices are surging amid shortages and panic-buying – and we could soon be facing a public health disaster.
It’s time there was a serious policy response to the other key drivers of homicide rates, like poverty and austerity.
Alvin Roth exposes his work on “disgusting markets” at the European Meeting of the ESA (Economic Science Association) on 7 September in Dijon, France.
Stanford professor's research has led to an increase in the number of kidney transplants in the United States.
There’s money to be made from legalising cannabis.
To fight the black market, the price of legal cannabis has to be relatively low. But if nothing else is done, the black market will persist.
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.
Almost 20% of people in the 2019 Global Drug Survey had been taken advantage of while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Filipinos hold a funeral march for Kian Loyd delos Santos, who was killed during a police anti-drug operation on August 16 2017.
The UN’s new rights focus has the potential to overhaul the punitive nature of the war on drugs.
Quick, easy – and very, very risky.
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Buyers think you can tell the purity of a substance by looking at on an app – evidence shows they’re mistaken.
Stories about mafias are often driven by ethnic stereotypes.
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Why bother chasing big drugs operations when it makes no difference? Here are three reasons.
The drug GHB gained notoriety during raves decades ago, but it is resurfacing again.
The recent death of ‘Storm Chaser’ star Joel Taylor, reportedly because of his use of the GHB, is a tragic reminder of the drug’s dangerous impact.