Category: Drug Supply

Pill Testing, Not Penalties: An Interview With Take Control’s Kieran Palmer


Two young people died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September. At the time, there was saturation policing at the music festival. There were 194 police officers deployed at the event, some of whom were accompanied by drug detection dogs. The tragedy sparked renewed calls for the roll out of pill testing trials in NSW. ...

Judge Recognises that Medicinal Cannabis Producers are Not Criminals


The benefits of cannabis medicine are becoming widely accepted within the Australian community. However, laws around the non-profit cultivation of the plant to help the sick continue to carry the same level of criminality as the laws for those who grow it for profit. But, it appears some magistrates and judges are beginning to make ...

Cannabis Legalisation Is Inevitable: An Interview With ADLaRI’s Ben Mostyn


Global drug prohibition had its beginnings over a century ago. And the intensification of its law enforcement aspect – known as the war on drugs – was launched by Nixon in 1971. In NSW, this prohibitive system is reflected in the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985. Section 10 of the Act outlaws drug possession. This ...

Calls to Stop Baseless Ban on Amyl Nitrite


The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has just released an interim decision that would see amyl nitrite and other nitrite inhalants banned across Australia. The proposal would move these drugs into schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard along with substances such as heroin. Amyl nitrite is the most well-known amongst a range of alkyl nitrite inhalants ...

Dr Katelaris Spent Four Months in Prison for Possessing Massage Oil


Renowned medicinal cannabis practitioner Dr Andrew Katelaris was arrested in April after being pulled over by police on the Central Coast. The doctor was charged with supply of a prohibited drug, as an officer found two small bottles of what was presumed to be cannabis oil. Dr Katelaris was also charged with drug possession, as ...

Richmond’s Safe Injecting Room Saves Lives: An Interview With NRCH’s Demos Krouskos


The North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) opened its doors on 30 June, and it’s already been hailed a success. Over its short time in operation, staff at the facility have treated over 140 people for potentially fatal overdoses. The MSIR is operating out of the North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) site. And the response of ...

Statistics on NSW Drugs Busts Exaggerated


The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has announced it has mistakenly double-counted a large number of drug busts over the past seven years – an admission which many believe further bolsters the argument that the war on drugs is futile. BOCSAR director Dr Don Weatherburn admitted fault for the exaggerated data, which experts ...

Two Die at Defqon 1, But NSW Government Still Refuses to Allow Pill Testing


Tragically, this year’s music festival season has begun with two suspected drug-related deaths at a festival in southwestern Sydney. And this incident is all the more appalling as these deaths could have potentially been prevented if the NSW government was more forward-thinking. At around 9 pm on Saturday night, 23-year-old Joseph Pham from Edensor Park and ...

Indictable Drug Supply Cases Can Now be Finalised in the Local Court


Until recently, cases of drug supply which involved more than the ‘indictable quantity’ but less than the commercial quantity could not be finalised in the NSW Local Court – they were ‘strictly indictable’ which meant they had to be committed to a higher court such as the District Court to be dealt with – whether by ...

Australia Pioneered Drug Harm Reduction and Must Continue


Programs, strategies and policies designed to prevent or reduce the harms associated with the use of illicit substances are collectively known as harm reduction. This approach to drug use has been a key pillar of Australia’s National Drug Strategy since its first iteration in 1985. With the HIV/AIDS crisis looming in the mid-80s, it became ...