Items tagged with australia

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Comparing models of drug decriminalisation [31.12.2019] Decriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offenc...
Support users, don't punish them: Ex-AFP boss' radical ideas to beat the drug trade [13.06.2017] For over half a century governments in Australia have relied heavily on law enforcement to curb the drug trade and reduce drug use. But despite huge ...
Proportion of UK drug users using dark net to buy drugs 'doubles in three years' [25.05.2017] There has been a huge rise in the number of UK drug users using the dark internet to buy illegal substances, a new survey has revealed. The Global Dr...
Canada and eight US states have done it. Why can't NSW legalise cannabis? [24.04.2017] In Australia the long arm of the law still has a long reach, waging a war on drugs. Last year, there were more than 26,000 criminal incidents of cann...
The new opium wars [01.02.2017] Are pharmaceutical companies based in advanced economies the right ones to soothe the developing world’s pains? The International Narcotics Control B...
Medicinal cannabis crops now legal in Australia [29.10.2016] Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop in Australia, for medicinal use only. The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Ac...
Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation [11.08.2016] No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduc...
The safe room [01.07.2016] With Australia struggling to curb its crisis with methamphetamine two leading drug reform campaigners, Dr Alex Wodak and Matt Noffs, embarked on a re...
Drug experts plan Australia's first ice smoking room despite Government opposition [29.06.2016] Drug law reformers Matt Noffs and Dr Alex Wodak are pushing ahead with Australia's first supervised ice smoking room, in a move which directly contra...
Drug expert says Australia's presence at UN summit a waste of money [07.04.2016] The president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, Dr Alex Wodak, has questioned Australia’s attendance at the special session of the United...
Parliamentary drug summit to hear case in favour of decriminalising possession [29.02.2016] Senior doctors and researchers will tell an annual parliamentary drug policy summit in Australia it is “time to be courageous” and remove all crimina...
Pill testing trial to begin at Sydney music festivals, vows drug expert Alex Wodak [27.02.2016] The Australian drug expert who pioneered the nation's first legal injecting centre is on a collision course with the Baird government and NSW Police ...
Ex-NSW DPP boss pushes to legalise drugs [18.02.2016] Former NSW director of public prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery joined federal Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale to call on Australian governmen...
Call to make ecstasy legal and sell it at pharmacies [04.07.2015] Australians should be able to buy a pure form of ecstasy from their local pharmacy to curtail the harm caused by contaminated blackmarket pills. Melb...
Chan and Sukumaran execution 'illegal', but Indonesia ignores Australia again [01.05.2015] The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was illegal under international law, but Australia's request that Indonesia submit to the judgment ...
An injecting room worked for heroin. Let's have one to help beat ice [30.03.2015] In its report on the methamphetamine market, the Australian Crime Commission identified ice as the illicit drug posing the highest risk to Australia....
Teens are being used as guinea pigs in the synthetic drugs market [02.03.2015] The low volume, high frequency internet drugs market makes it hard for police to target. And even harder for teenagers to know what they’re taking. A...
Synthetic cannabis deaths show case for controlled sale of marijuana, expert says [15.01.2015] The deaths of two men in central Queensland after they smoked synthetic cannabis highlight the need to regulate marijuana and allow its controlled sa...
Medical marijuana finds crossbench backers in Australian parliament [05.01.2015] The campaign to legalise marijuana for medical purposes in Australia is gathering strength with a group of crossbench senators and MPs pushing for th...
Law Committee suggests drug control needs radical rethink [22.12.2014] The Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association decided to look at the available research on illicit drugs and the current government drug stra...
Victoria to legalise medicinal marijuana [18.12.2014] A bill to legalise medical marijuana could be put to Victoria's parliament before the end of next year, with the Labor government determined to refor...
First lesson for new inquiry into ice: we've lost the war on drugs [16.12.2014] Five Labor and three Conservative governments adopted harm minimisation as Australia ’s official national drug policy on 2 April 1985 and every Commo...
Drug possession arrests double in past six years across NSW [27.11.2014] The number of people arrested for possessing drugs in New South Wales ( Australia ) has doubled over the past six years, with NSW leading a national ...
Tony Abbott backs legalisation of medical cannabis [16.09.2014] Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind the legalisation of cannabis for medical purposes. Mr Abbott went even further than NSW Prem...
Majority of Australians support medical marijuana [22.07.2014] Almost two-thirds of Australians support the legalisation of cannabis for medicinal purposes, according to a new poll which coincides with a renewed ...
Drop charges over ecstasy, police urged [21.03.2013] Ecstasy users should not be charged by police, former Labor health minister Neal Blewett said during a provocative keynote address to the peak police...
Towards a Safer Drug Policy [14.01.2013] For forty years the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has formed the corner stone of drug policy in Britain. The emergence of new psychoactive substances (‘le...
Drug use is an issue for society, not the criminal justice system [10.09.2012] There is no reliable evidence that tougher criminal sanctions deter drug use or offending. On the contrary, criminalisation worsens the health and we...
Legal use of cannabis, ecstasy for over-15s backed by state medical body [10.09.2012] A report by a group of prominent Australians that recommends Australia rethink its criminalisation of illicit drugs has been backed by the Victorian ...
After 33 years, I can no longer ignore the evidence on drugs [07.06.2012] "As a 33-year police practitioner who was commissioner of the Australian Federal Police during the 'tough on drugs' period, I fully understand the co...
Majority relaxed about cannabis use [21.05.2012] More than half of Australians support reduced legal penalties for use of drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy, an analysis of a federal government surv...
Drugs war 'a failure' that bred criminals [02.04.2012] Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, is among a group of prominent Australians who said the ''war on drugs'' is a failure. ''The prohibition of illici...
The Prohibition of Illicit Drugs is Killing and Criminalising our Children [02.04.2012] It is time to reopen the national debate about drug use, its regulation and control. In June 2011 a prestigious Global Commission stated that the 40-...
The great debate that no one's talking about [03.12.2011] Scientists, lawyers, police, social workers, doctors and directors of public prosecution are pleading for change but no political party will touch th...
The punishment must fit the crime, even for drug users [02.11.2011] The case of the Australian boy arrested on drug charges in Bali offers the opportunity to review our nation's own response to drug use, both here and...
Marijuana Legalization [30.06.2010] A number of other countries have implemented changes in law that significantly reduce the extent of criminalization of marijuana use. Only in Austral...
Randomized controlled trial of dexamphetamine maintenance for the treatment of methamphetamine dependence [18.06.2009] This study tested the impact of a long-acting form of amphetamine as medication to help control dependent use of the closely allied stimulant, metham...
Trees for Ecstasy [04.02.2009] Many people believe that ecstasy is merely a synthetic drug that is manufactured solely with chemicals, so-called precursors. However, the main raw m...
Cannabis debate in Australia [04.06.2008] In Australia a vicious debate on cannabis policy started when Alex Wodak, the head of the Sydney drug and alcohol clinic at St Vincent's Hospital, su...
UN: conflicting views on harm reduction [18.02.2008] Conflicting views and policies within the UN system on harm reduction have become a major concern. Consistency in messages is crucial especially wher...
Law enforcement and Australia’s 2001 heroin shortage [31.01.2008] Globally, illicit drug policy is largely based on two central policy objectives. The first is to reduce the demand for illegal drugs mainly through c...
Pot, politics and the press—reflections on cannabis law reform in Western Australia [31.05.2004] Windows of opportunity for changing drug laws open infrequently and they often close without legislative change being affected. In this paper the aut...
Evaluating alternative cannabis regimes [31.01.2001]  Cannabis is the cutting-edge drug for reform, the only politically plausible candidate for major legal change, at least decriminalisation (r...

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