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Paul Dillon: 5% of year 10 students have tried MDMA

'MDMA is the drug of the moment', with a marked spike in young people expressing concern for their peers who are using an 'unprecedented' amount of this and other drugs, according to drug researcher and educator Paul Dillon. At a recent coronial inquest into NSW music festival deaths, Dillon stated that the lack of early [...]

By |2019-07-25T13:56:07+11:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to reduce drug risks at festivals

The NSW inquest into recent drug deaths at music festivals is due to start this week. So focus is turning to how to make music festivals safer by reducing drug-related incidents. We know that prohibition doesn’t work to reduce either harms or drug use. But what does? How do drugs cause harm? Most illicit drugs [...]

‘Safe’ teen drinking? Here’s why parents shouldn’t facilitate it

This article debunks the commonly held belief that young people will be safer and better adjusted if allowed alcohol by parents in a controlled environment. It not only outlines the increase in teen binge drinking which is more likely under this style of parenting, but also the increased incidence of alcoholism later in life and [...]

By |2019-04-11T10:05:55+11:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Vaping is an urgent threat to public health

Youth are using e-cigarettes (also known as vaping devices) at a rapidly increasing rate — a practice that constitutes an urgent threat to public health. Preliminary survey data suggests that, for the first time in 30 years, the youth smoking rate has increased in Canada, with e-cigarettes being the suspected cause. Recent data from the [...]

By |2019-03-21T15:24:02+11:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Resilience Can Break the Link Between a ‘Bad’ Childhood and the Youth Justice System

Most young people in the youth justice system have been found to come from “troubled” backgrounds. However, many people with similar backgrounds don’t ever end up in youth justice services. Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and [...]

New Drug MDPV, or ‘Monkey Dust’, Found in Australia. What Is It and What Are the Harms?

Recent media reports have suggested a rise in a dangerous new party drug known as “monkey dust”. This is a slang name for the drug MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), as well as other members of the chemical class known as “synthetic cathinones”, or “bath salts”. The effects of monkey dust are similar to other stimulants such as [...]

By |2019-01-21T15:00:36+11:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘What’s with the Dumb Warning?’: Why Young Drug Users Do not Believe the Agony of Ecstasy

Young people “laugh” at vague warnings issued by the police or politicians about the dangers of drugs even as five of their peers have died at music festivals in the past five months. Paul Dillon, the founder of Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia, said it was incredibly difficult to change people’s minds about [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:04:14+11:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How Parents and Teachers Can Identify and Help Young People Self-Medicating Trauma with Drugs and Alcohol

Some 80% of young people will experience a traumatic event by the time they become an adult. Rates of exposure to trauma peak during adolescence. The stress from traumatic events can result in a loss of interest in school, friends, hobbies, and life in general. The types of traumatic events include a wide range of [...]

U.S. to Restrict E-cigarette Flavors to Fight Teenage Vaping ‘Epidemic’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration next week will issue a ban on the sale of fruit and candy flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations, an agency official said, in a move to counter a surge in teenage use of e-cigarettes. The ban means only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors can be [...]

By |2018-11-19T19:46:12+11:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

E-Cigarettes are Just as Bad for Your Lungs as Smoke, Study Finds

Vaping may be as hard on the lungs as conventional smoking, according to new research. Flavorings in e-cigarettes may be particularly harmful to the lungs by triggering inflammation, scientists have warned. Battery-powered vapes, like the Juul, are promoted as a tool to help smokers quit the habit. But even short term use causes as much [...]

By |2018-10-15T10:11:35+11:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments