If you’ve listened to the news lately, you might think that Australia is overrun with uncontrollably violent people on crystal methamphetamine. This may be true of those in crisis, but the bigger picture…
ROSS Fitzgerald is right to say alcohol was, is, and looks like continuing to be our biggest drug problem (”Abstinence is the only destination that makes sense in an alcoholic’s journey to recovery”, 8-9/3). He is also right that abstinence and Alcoholics Anonymous are part of the response needed.
Exaggerated health claims are not convincing the public, and "medical" marijuana has become something of a running cultural joke, but there is an upside to more pot - less cocaine use. Meth too, according to advocates at the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.
Even moderate drinking during the earliest months of pregnancy may be damaging, say researchers in Leeds. Their study is the latest in a long debate over whether it is safe to drink at all during pregnancy.
Police are commending the behaviour of approximately 47,000 revellers who attended the Future Music Festival at Randwick Racecourse last night (Saturday 8 March 2014), with only a small percentage arrested over drug-related offences.
In comparison with the Melbourne event: 163 arrests - 163 people appearing in court facing criminal charges for possession. Coverage of the Melbourne event is here: http://sco.lt/5cpZ7x
Caffeine is one of the only drugs we embrace without guilt. We — the 87% of us who ingest caffeine — boast about being “so addicted,” duck out during work to get a fix and can’t even imagine the last time we didn’t start off the day with a hit.
PARTY leaders have sidestepped the controversial issue of medical marijuana, in the wake of the heartbreaking story of a father campaigning for its use to help treat his eight year-old daughter’s epilepsy.
PATRONS will be urged not to fight, vomit or be public nuisances under a Newman Government plan to introduce codes of conduct for punters as well as pubs and clubs, police and liquor licensing officers.
Public transport use has been steadily increasing in Sydney, with one exception. Patronage on the city's NightRide buses - the only form of mass transport available to Sydney's early-morning drinkers and late-night workers - is falling rapidly.
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