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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. The articles posted on the Drug Free Australian web site are generally copyrighted by the source publications. They are reproduced here for educational and informative purposes under the Fair Use Doctrine (17 U.S.C., section 107). The articles and information included here are not for sale or resale.
Drug Free Australia’s position Statement
A balanced, humane drug policy where law enforcement, combined with well-resourced education and public health practice, together with international cooperation, will help us reap the benefits of effective prevention and demand reduction initiatives.
Appeasement to the seductive chorus of calls for decriminalisation will only lead to greater uptake of illicit drug use. Those who offer this panacea of legalisation coupled with regulation have yet to demonstrate any practical means of regulation and should be held to account.
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Drug Prevention Education Programs for schools (and parents) supported by Drug Free Australia
DFA wants to promote resources, programs and real life stories to help keep more kids safe
healthier schools’ Project
If you want to introduce a program into a school, or to get information about the harms of alcohol and drugs,
Drug Free Sschools / Schools Project Update Phase 2 Feb 2019 Towards healthier schools’ Project
Drug Free Australia has resources to help.
Marijuana Know the Truth
DFA challenged Harm Reduction Australia regarding pill testing
Letter to ACT Police Chief
Re: No scientific evidential support for pill testing
I write as the President of Drug Free Australia, as the former Chairman of Prime Minister Howard’s Australian National Council on Drugs (ANCD) during the Tough on Drugs era which saw Australian
drug use reduced by 39% between 1998 and 2007, and as a previous Australian representative on the United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
Drug Free Australia seeks to inform you, as the ACT Chief Police Officer, of the scientific evidence on MDMA-related deaths in this country as it relates to the current push for pill testing at music
Key to our observations is the only academic journal study of 82 Australian MDMA related deaths from 2001-2005 (Attachment 4). We can summarise the current science as follows.
Harm Reduction Australia, which has been the country’s chief advocate for pill testing, has given the public three spurious rationales for the urgent implementation of pill testing.
- Possible deaths from dangerous impurities - Drug Free Australia has found no reported deaths in Australia from ‘impurities’ in ecstasy pills
- Deaths from high purity causing overdoses – medical literature indicates that actual overdoses from MDMA are rare (see Attachment 2). Drug Free Australia also notes that logic demands that purity, in and of itself, cannot empirically be a major hazard because any large batch of high purity pills will be consumed by a high number of consumers, where a good percentage would be expected to be, if Harm Reduction Australia was correct, hospitalised or deceased. But mass hospitalisations or deaths from high purity batches are not happening in Australia
- Deaths from unknown other drugs cut with MDMA – Drug Free Australia has identified three deaths in Melbourne in January 2017 from unknown other drugs cut with MDMA (see Attachment 3), seven PMA deaths from 1995 to 2007 and a Gold Coast NBOMe fatality, indicating there are few deaths in Australia from this threat. Conversely there are literally hundreds of Australian deaths from the very thing which pill testing tacitly approves – normal recreational doses of MDMA
Could medical cannabis be the new THALIDOMIDE? Fears of a crisis as doctors consider doling marijuana-based medicines out to pregnant mothers despite evidence the drug can damage foetuses
The British Medical Journal (BMJ) recently published an article arguing that the widespread use of medical cannabis could eventually lead to a public health crisis bearing comparison with the thalidomide disaster.
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