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The International Symposium on Drugs and Driving

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Drug driving is a challenging issue confronting governments around the world – changing drug-use profiles and new drugs have increasingly focused attention on what has, until recently, been considered a health and social problem.

Work for the Drug Foundation

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Senior Policy Adviser

Applications close Wednesday 19 November

Do you have the courage to champion complex ideas about critical health and social issues in a sensitive policy environment?

Here’s a chance for you to use your exceptional policy, advocacy and relationship building skills to effect change on issues relating to alcohol and other drugs.

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Methamphetamine

Friday, August 1, 2014

Amphetamine, meth’s parent drug, was first synthesised in Berlin in 1887 by Romanian chemist Lazâr Edeleanu, but its potency as a central nervous system stimulant wasn’t really discovered until 1927.  

 It was first used as a medicine – an inhaled decongestant – in 1934. However, in 1919, Japanese scientists had synthesised methamphetamine (meth) from amphetamine. They discovered meth was more potent and processed more quickly by the body. It was easier to make too.  

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Director's Cut August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Should we lament the fact that, even though this was an election year, there was no considered discussion of drug policy ideas between political parties? On the other hand, knowing how difficult sensible political engagement is on this tricky issue, should we just be quietly grateful?  

Matters of Substance article

History never repeats?

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Zealand’s history of drugs and the laws to control them

Just when did people living in the land of the long white cloud begin using drugs? What turned them on? And off? When were the rules changed? Russell Brown surveys the long history of imbibing in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

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Shulgin was known to many as the “Godfather of ecstasy”

Friday, August 1, 2014

Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin was born on 17 June 1925 and died, aged 88, at home in California on 2 June 2014. As he died, the sounds of his grandchildren’s laughter rang through the house and combined with the chants of the ancient Buddhist Heart Mantra, which hails the dying’s departing soul. You could do worse. 

Matters of Substance article

History never repeats

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Zealand’s history of drugs and the laws to control them

Just when did people living in the land of the long white cloud begin using drugs? What turned them on? And off? When were the rules changed? Russell Brown surveys the long history of imbibing in Aotearoa New Zealand  

Matters of Substance article

Matters of Substance August 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Matters of Substance August 2014Cover story

History never repeats?

New Zealand’s history of drugs and the laws to control them

Matters of Substance article

Substance and substantiation

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tobacco plain packaging laws are an experiment that hasn’t worked.  

 Debate over Australia’s groundbreaking move to introduce plain packaging is heating up as tobacco companies claim the new law has led to a booming black market for cheap cigarettes instead of stamping out smoking.