Category: Drug Possession

Keep Poppers Legal: An Interview With the Nitrite Group’s Paul Kidd


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released an interim decision last year that would see amyl nitrite and other alkyl nitrite inhalants banned. This means these substances popularly referred to as poppers would be moved into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with drugs like heroin. The use of nitrite inhalants is popular amongst gay and bisexual ...

Pill Testing Saves Lives, and Does Not Lead to Increased Drug Use


By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes In the wake of a spate of recent deaths at Australian music festivals, the mainstream media is starting to report on the potential benefits of pill testing – and politicians from the major parties are starting to listen. The main sticking point seems to be the concern that pill ...

Curbing Rising Strip Searches: An Interview With the Safe And Sound Campaign’s Samantha Lee


Over the last half decade, reports have indicated that the use of strip searches by NSW police following a positive indication from a drug detection dog has been become more routine. This is especially disconcerting as sniffer dogs get it wrong two-thirds to three-quarters of the time. Then it became apparent last July that the police have ...

NZ to Implement Pill Testing, While Aussie MPs Bury Their Heads in the Sand


NZ police minister Stuart Nash said last week that he thinks independent pill testing tents are “a fantastic idea and should be installed at all our festivals”. He added that a “more compassionate and restorative approach” to illicit drugs should be taken, considering the drug war “hasn’t worked”. The minister made these remarks after he observed police ...

NSW Police Treat Strip-Searches As Routine Procedure


The use of strip searches by the NSW Police Force (NSWPF) has recently skyrocketed. Over the last four years, strip search use has risen by close to 47 percent, with 3,735 carried out in the year 2014-15, while 5,483 people were asked to remove their clothes and squat in 2017-18. Not only is NSW police ...

Representing Festival Interests: An Interview With the Australian Festival Association


Safety at music festivals is an issue that’s been of utmost concern recently. Indeed, over the last four months of the current festival season, five young Australians have died at events due to suspected drug overdoses. In response to the initial two deaths at Sydney’s Defqon.1 festival in mid-September, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian tasked an ...

NSW Labor May Introduce Pill Testing if Elected


The current music festival season has been a tragedy. Just four months in and five young Australians have died due to suspected drug overdoses. Four of these deaths have occurred in this state, one of which happened last Saturday night. And in a move that goes against the current of most major political party thought, ...

It’s Important to Know Your Rights this Music Festival Season


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The music festival season got off to a tragic start this year. Two young Australians died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September, while another drug-related death occurred at a festival at Sydney Olympic Park a fortnight ago. And despite pill testing having proven to save lives in European ...

Premier’s Solution to Youth Dying at Festivals: Create More Criminal Offences


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Following the drug-related deaths of two young Australians at Sydney’s Defqon.1 festival on 15 September, NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian vowed she would do everything in her power to shut down the event. But, after she had a moment to reflect, the premier decided to instead establish an expert panel to ...

Courts Are Becoming Sympathetic to the Cause of Medicinal Cannabis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim It’s estimated that around 100,000 patients are using cannabis medicines across the country. And even though the federal government legalising medicinal cannabis close to three years ago, most of these patients are forced to access their medicine on the black market. Despite government moves to cut some of the red tape around ...