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Parents of teens, here’s what you really need to know about MDMA

We all want to reduce drug-related harm and ensure young people don’t take unnecessary risks. But decades of research shows fear isn’t an effective way to do this. This week, Newscorp Australia released The Ripple Effect, a series of articles and accompanying videos about party drugs, aimed at parents of young people. Rather than drawing [...]

By |2019-12-02T09:40:54+11:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Andrew Fuller: 10 reasons why your teen shouldn’t drink

It's difficult to not drink in Australia, and if anything, it's even harder for teens. Adolescence is a time of desperately wanting to fit in and be accepted, and many teens see drinking as one of the easiest ways to achieve this. On the other hand, parents (and other adults responsible for teens) are generally [...]

By |2019-11-25T16:27:03+11:00November 25th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘My friends are taking MDMA at raves and music festivals. Is it safe?’

My friends are taking ecstasy at raves and music festivals. Is it safe? — Anonymous Key points no drug use, including ecstasy, is 100% safe festivals can present unique risks look out for friends, know the risks and where to get help. What is ecstasy or MDMA? Ecstasy is a slang term for drugs meant [...]

By |2019-11-01T13:13:22+11:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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+10:00July 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 [...]

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