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About a drug - LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide (or LSD) has many street names including yellow sunshine, window pane and Microdot but it is most commonly known as acid.

It is mainly used recreationally, as an entheogen (a fancy word for a chemical that brings you closer to the divine) and – in the 60s and 70s and again more recently – in psychedelic therapy for alcohol dependence and anxiety.

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Mythbusters - All heavy drinkers are alcoholics

That guy who is notorious for getting legless at every social gathering might be called an alkie or an alcoholic behind his back. But the label is unlikely to be on the mark, at least not from a diagnostic point of view. New research from the United States has found that nine out of 10 heavy and binge drinkers are not dependent on alcohol and could potentially curb their drinking with a combination of effort and support.

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Underdosing Naloxone - part 4

Globally, an estimated 69,000 people die each year from opioid overdose. The drug naloxone can quickly block opioid receptors in the brain and is used in some cases to bring people back from the brink of overdose death. Amberleigh Jack looks at why naloxone is not being used more widely.

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Voting for change was the easy part

As state regulation of cannabis moves forward in several US states, it’s too early to say how the legalisative experiments will turn out. Professor Mark AR Kleiman, who visited New Zealand as a guest of the Drug Foundation last November, brings a blindingly clear angle to the public policy conundrums that arise. Cameron Price delves into what happens after the votes are counted.

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Underdosing naloxone

Globally, an estimated 69,000 people die each year from opioid overdose. The drug naloxone can quickly block opioid receptors in the brain and is used in some cases to bring people back from the brink of overdose death. Amberleigh Jack looks at why naloxone is not being used more widely.

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Good booze news from across the ditch

In late November 2014, the Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare released its full report on the 2013 Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The survey has been conducted every two or three years since 1985, and 2013’s iteration collected information from almost 24,000 people, asking them about their use, attitudes and opinions on alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs and what they think about alcohol and drug policies. As Rob Zorn reports, the results are pretty encouraging.

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Underdosing Naloxone - part 3

Globally, an estimated 69,000 people die each year from opioid overdose. The drug naloxone can quickly block opioid receptors in the brain and is used in some cases to bring people back from the brink of overdose death. Amberleigh Jack looks at why naloxone is not being used more widely. Part one 

Underdosing Naloxone - part 2

Globally, an estimated 69,000 people die each year from opioid overdose.

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On the road to reducing drug harm

The Drug Foundation was delighted to bring together a wide mix of people to deliberate on the intricacies of drug-driving policy at Te Wharewaka o Poneke, 12–13 November 2014. Stephen Blyth compiled this short report on the key themes covered.