Former Supreme Court judge says drug laws irrational

Drugs are no different to other indulgences, so why are they illegal? The distinction between illegal drugs and legal pursuits such as alcohol, gambling and cigarettes is irrational. Read the full article by Harold Sperling, QC, retired Supreme Court of NSW judge...

The good politics of bad drug policy has brought about the rise of ice

Dr Alex Wodak in the Guardian: Global drug prohibition evolved and peaked during the 20th century and is now declining. Many leaders now say that the “war on drugs” has failed. Worse than that it has encouraged more dangerous drugs to push out less dangerous drugs while acting like Viagra for politicians facing tough elections.   Bad drug policy has been good politics. But this has left Australia with a high prevalence of methamphetamine use and problems compared to many other countries....

Medical marijuana coverage on Channel 7

The Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation welcomes Channel 7’s stereotype busting story about the use of medical marijuana among older Americans. The complete video of this story, which aired on the network’s Sunday Night program, is available to view on their website. Efforts to establish a medical cannabis trial in New South Wales have been underway since 1999. In October 2011 the Californian Medical Association [CMA] became the first medical society to officially support marijuana legalisation. Their President James T. Hay MD, as reported by the American Medical Association, explained that: “This was a carefully considered, deliberative decision made exclusively on medical and scientific...

Methadone in Afghanistan

Injecting drug users in Afghanistan (and around the world) are routinely denied access to opioid substitution therapy and are regular victims of police brutality and corruption. Their lives are characterised by extreme poverty, imprisonment, homelessness and hopelessness. The injustices they face are often perpetrated in the name of, and magnified by, misguided anti-drug policies. A video which documents the harm reduction efforts in Afghanistan can be found below (you may need to watch in fullscreen mode to read the...

Opiophobia

A perfect system for pain management with no non-therapeutic use of prescription medication is not a realistic goal. It should not be the basis of policy making – especially when it would involve treating all patients as suspect. Acceptance of this fact isn’t surrender, it’s wisdom. For a more nuanced understanding of the issue I recommend: Pain, physical dependence and pseudoaddiction: redefining addiction for ‘nice’...