14 Mar 2019

These guidelines cover a diverse set of substantive issues ranging from development to criminal justice to public health. The guidelines were developed by a coalition of UN Member States, WHO, UNAIDS, UNDP and leading human rights and drug policy experts.


8 Jan 2019

There are arguments against pill testing. But none are as compelling or evidence-based as the arguments for it.

Briefing paper

19 Dec 2018

Drug use at music festivals has become a public safety concern in NSW, one that has led to a number of deaths in recent years. This paper provides an overview of the main recommendations of the Expert Panel report entitled Keeping People Safe at Music...


11 Dec 2018

This report finds that global harm reduction response has effectively stalled. Overdose, HIV and Hepatitis C crises continue, among a myriad of other health and social problems related to drug use and drug policy.


14 Nov 2018

For more than half a century, governments have aggressively pursued a disastrous “war on drugs” policy that criminalises a health problem and has only succeeded in making things worse. These policies are causing harm and are killing young people. It’s time for a complete re-think,...


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.


Expert panel report
24 Oct 2018

Following the tragic deaths of two young people who attended a music festival in September 2018, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian convened an expert panel to advise the NSW government on how to keep people safe at music festivals.


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.


20 Sep 2018

This report discusses Housing New Zealand’s past approach to methamphetamine contamination in its properties.


28 Aug 2018

This report focuses on accidental deaths caused by drugs, excluding drug-deaths that were deemed homicidal, suicidal or of undetermined intent. This is to ensure that drugs and the public health consequences that arise from them remain the primary focus of the report without the complicating...


17 Aug 2018

This bulletin reports on opioid, amphetamine, and cocaine-induced deaths in Australia up until 2016, as provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) using data from the National Coronial Information System (NCIS). Data for 2015 and 2016 are not final, as the ABS applies a...


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.


22 Jun 2018

Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services across Australia provide a broad range of treatment services and support to people using drugs, and to their families and friends. This report presents information for 2016–17 about publicly funded AOD treatment service agencies, the people they treat,...


20 Jun 2018

The STA-SAFE Consortium was able to successfully deliver a pill testing pilot at the GTM Festival on 29th April 2018. The service was very well received by festival goers and the pilot provided a very important range of information to be provided to key stakeholders...

Briefing paper

6 Jun 2018

The misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is a major public health issue in Australia, as highlighted by parliamentary, government and coroner reports. There are fears that Australia could be heading down the same path as the United States, where prescription drug misuse has been described as...


29 May 2018

The extensive publicity surrounding methamphetamine contamination, along with exaggerated claims about the health risks posed by living in dwellings where residues of the drug can be detected, has led to considerable concern especially amongst tenants, landlords, and potential home buyers and property investors.


8 May 2018

This report discusses key findings from the 2018 Global Drugs Survey.


20 Apr 2018

In 2016–17, 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients.


11 Apr 2018

The data in this report was collected as part of the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program, which is a quarterly collection of criminal justice and drug use information from police detainees at multiple sites across Australia.


11 Apr 2018

Predicting market influences supports government, law enforcement and health sectors to proactively develop strategies to address future challenges in the Australian illicit drug market.



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