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Drug related deaths are on the rise, but federal funds to programs that mitigate drug abuse are being cut in 2018. Me/flickr

The opioid epidemic in 6 essential reads

Drug deaths are rising faster than ever. How did we get here and what to do about it?
The home-baked illicit drug krokodil first emerged in provincial Russia during the early 2000s. Dorin Popa/Flickr

The rise and fall of Russia’s ‘flesh-eating drug’ krokodil

Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad drug policies can…
Consumption of cocaine globally rose by 27% between 1998 and 2008. AAP

Time for Australia to abandon ‘failed war on drugs’

Australia must abandon its failed war on drugs and reopen the debate over legalising and regulating their use, according to a report to be released tomorrow. The report, emotively titled “The prohibition…

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