Drugs policy

Report

Our drug laws are tearing apart our social fabric, as well as harming drug users and their families
2 Nov 2018

This report examines the health and social harms caused or worsened by current drug policies. It is the result of an unprecedented Australia21 collaboration between experts in drug law, drug treatment and community welfare.

Report

A civil society shadow report
21 Oct 2018

This report evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past decade, using data from the United Nations (UN), complemented with peer-reviewed academic research and grey literature reports from civil society.

Report

6 Aug 2018

The recommendations in this report call on the NSW government to significantly increase drug and alcohol rehabilitation funding and services in regional, rural and remote areas. The report also recommends several measures for addressing drug and alcohol related crime throughout the state.

Report

27 Mar 2018

Drug law reform is an incredibly complex area of public policy. This is due to the interweaving nature of the relevant issues and the challenges arising from drug use and its consequences. This complexity is also due to conflicting views about how best to address...

Strategy

25 Jul 2017

This purpose of this strategy document is to provide a national framework which identifies national priorities relating to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, guides action by governments in partnership with service providers and the community, and outlines a national commitment to harm minimisation.

Report

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 535
30 Jun 2017

This paper outlines the regulatory requirements of different U.S states for managing medicinal and recreational marijuana use, and the costs and benefits of these measures.

Report

20 Mar 2017

Senior police, prison officers and lawyers are standing side-by-side with drug users calling for law reform, to bring an end to killing and criminalising young Australians.

Drug-related deaths, diseases, injuries, crimes and social costs continue to rise despite more than 80,000 consumer arrests in...

Audio

11 Aug 2016

A cross-party group of MPs are hosting a harm minimisation summit, saying progress in the area has stalled since the pioneering medically supervised injecting room was controversially opened in Kings Cross fifteen years ago. The centre remains controversial and the Assistant Health Minister, Pru Goward,...

Report

21 Jun 2016

From a public health perspective, the purpose of a good drugs strategy should be to improve and protect the public’s health and wellbeing by preventing and reducing the harm linked to substance use, whilst also balancing any potential medicinal benefits. RSPH is calling for the...

Evaluation

Report

31 Mar 2016

The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the use of illicit drugs among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. It provides general information on the context of illicit drug use in Australia and the factors of particular relevance to...

Report

18 Sep 2009

Methamphetamine and heroin purchases decrease significantly as the price of methamphetamine increase, by as much as 27 per cent on a 10 per cent price rise, according to this report.

One of the core objectives of supply-side drug law enforcement is to reduce drug...

Report

6 Sep 2007

There has been significant debate in the Australian parliament and the wider community in recent years in relation to alternative drug treatments for opioid (mainly heroin) dependence. Within this debate, zero-tolerance style arguments have been raised by many in favour of abstinence-based treatments using medications...

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