Drug Free Australia is a peak body, representing organizations and individuals who value the health and wellbeing of our nation. It plays a key role as a community voice, staying in touch with every day Australians - families and young people - via newsletters, community forums and the media, to ensure a clear message of healthy, drug free lifestyles is assured for generations to come. more … [2014 Annual Summary]
Drug Free Australia takes a compassionate, and scientifically based position in the debate on Cannabis for Medicinal purposes, commonly known as ‘medical’ marijuana. Our position against the use of the substance is aimed at gaining the best health outcomes for all Australians.
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The Drug Free Australia submission to the Tasmanian Parliament inquiry (August 2014) is available for download.
This report recognizes the mismatch of episodes of treatment, which are generally brief, and the lifelong nature of substance use disorders. The report discusses the value of using five-year abstinence and recovery as a treatment outcome measure. Such a measure would encourage addiction treatment programs and clinicians to make recovery the expected outcome of treatment.
Drug Free Australia’s submission to the Inquiry on methamphetamines
DFA brief to Parliamentarians is now available
Drug Free Australia's Position Statement
Drug Free Australia's Position Statement Against Illicit Drug Legalisation, Regulation and Decriminalisation is supported by more than 205 affiliates and 150 individuals in 57 countries, for quick access to the web site of the affiliates that have logos please click on the 126 NGO's on the Logo page which shows the great strength of the World Wide Drug Prevention NGO's. This number is growing daily.
We support a balanced and humane illicit drug policy that aims at primary prevention and recovery-based treatment and rehabilitation. This can never be achieved if illicit drugs are condoned through their legalisation. Legalisation equates to ‘regulation’ in the illicit drug context.
There is a maxim that remains constant - 'availability, accessibility and permissibility will increase consumption’
The Position Statement is available here
Browse the growing list of supporters and NGOs supporting this Position Statement.
To add your details to the list, click here
What’s new? – Keeping our Kids Safe ...
Drug Free Australia is now producing quarterly booklets focussing on child safety which are helpful resources for parents, teachers and community leaders. The first two releases are available for download below.
Legalising Cannabis – an Unhealthy Choice
Australia already has lenient cannabis laws, where decriminalisation and cautions have been in place since the 80’s1. Australia also has one of the highest per capita cannabis usage rates in the world.2 Any further relaxation would exacerbate the situation and burden future generations with increased harm to mental and physical health.
This important research paper is now available
There is no current scientific evidence that marijuana is in any way beneficial for the treatment of any psychiatric disorder. In contrast, current evidence supports, at minimum, a strong association of cannabis use with the onset of psychiatric disorders. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to harm, given the effects of cannabis on neurological development.
The report is available for viewing here.
Given the overwhelming evidence on the harms associated with cannabis, we conclude that governments and society should stand firmly against any change that would relax the law on the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
The research paper is now available
Drug addiction is a complex condition that can damage many lives, especially those close to the addicted person – their families, their friends, their children, their workmates … Drug addiction is preventable. It is also treatable. Jo Baxter, Executive Officer of Drug Free Australia discussed this important topic during a presentation at the recent Fresh Start Conference held in Perth.
The paper and the presentation are now available.
New drug prevention website launched: Go to www.dontdecriminalize.org
Dr Gregory K Pike, Director, Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture has produced an important paper discussing the debate surrounding drug law reforms.
The paper is now available for download.
With more governments considering the legalization of cannabis, a deeper understanding of the effects of cannabis is required. The paper Chronic Toxicology of Cannabis provides insight to the acute and chronic effects of cannabis.