Illicit drug policy

  • Australia21: handing out methadone in Portugal
    Why haven’t Portugal’s successful drug law reforms been copied by other countries?
    Posted: December 7, 2017

    Portugal’s 2001 drug law reforms have worked: drops in HIV infections, overdose deaths, crime and problematic use. Meanwhile, the punitive approach in other countries (including Australia) has been costly and ineffective. As Alex Wodak notes, attitudes are finally changing in the face of evidence.

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  • Australia21: Emmi Teng and friends finishing school
    Been there, done that: surviving the summer party season
    Posted: December 4, 2017

    It’s December! That means there’s a long hot summer of celebrations and music festivals ahead. Australia21 has done a lot of research into the use of alcohol and other drugs and the evidence is clear: preventing and reducing harm is far more important than punishing people for their mistakes. So here are a few tips for getting through without too much damage.

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  • Australia21: Smarter About Drugs class at Star of the Sea College
    How to take school drug strategies beyond Personal Development & Health classes
    Posted: October 25, 2017

    The first school to adopt ‘Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack’ has integrated it into VCE Global Politics. Download it now and get students talking!

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  • Australia21 - Spilt Milk festival
    Pill testing: life-saving evidence prevails in A.C.T., now rest of Australia needs to act
    Posted: September 26, 2017

    The ACT Government’s decision to allow pill testing at the Spilt Milk festival will prevent overdoses and toxicity. Other Australian jurisdictions should also put harm reduction first.

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  • Australia21 - students using the Smarter About Drugs conversation pack
    School students start life-saving drug policy lessons
    Posted: August 31, 2017

    Australian schools have started using a ground-breaking teaching resource that changes the way drug and alcohol issues are addressed among students, giving them the tools for informed discussion and evidence-based analysis of drug policies. Smarter About Drugs: A conversation pack has been designed by Australia21, YoungA21 and the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation (ALDAF) to engage young people in a way that has never been done before in Australia.

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  • Australia21 - Tony Trimingham with photo of his son David
    How many more children must die? Grieving parents frustrated by resistance to drug policy changes
    Posted: August 28, 2017

    There is perhaps no greater anguish than that of a parent who has witnessed their child suffer and die. But the grief is compounded when they see others go through the same preventable trauma and loss year after year, decade after decade, while governments ignore the evidence that could save the lives of their children.

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  • Australia21 - Cowandilla students and teacher
    Save lives instead of sending sniffer dogs into SA schools
    Posted: August 23, 2017

    Populist agendas do not make for effective health policy: the SA Opposition should promise better drug education instead of sniffer dogs for schools, to help stop deaths and criminalisation.

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  • First school signs up to innovative ‘Smarter About Drugs’ strategy
    Posted: June 28, 2017

    A Melbourne school has signed up to pilot Australia21’s Smarter About Drugs Conversation Pack to engage its students in open and informed discussions about illicit drugs and the policies that guide Australia’s response to them. In other developments this month, the Making the Future Work project has been awarded $10,000 grant, there’s been a major shift on PTSD and we give you a sneak preview of our soon-to-be released Algal Farming report.

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