Category Archives: Drugs

Surge in support to decriminalise marijuana, multi-decade survey finds

“The problem with the political institutions and politicians is they are not responding to this. We found 70 per cent of people support same-sex marriage and yet the government wanted to spend $250 million on an advisory plebiscite when we know what the result will be,” Ian McAllister, a professor of political science at ANU Continue reading

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No booze, no sex, no fun – What’s up with millennials?

“Risky behaviours are in decline: in this country, along with a drop in sexual activity, binge drinking, cigarette smoking and marijuana use halved in secondary school students in the five years from 2007 to 2012.” Continue reading

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The Global Drug Survey 2016 findings

Fascinating findings in the global drug survey.  Synthetic cannabinoids more likely to lead to emergency medical treatment than any other drug 1 in 8 of those using weekly or more often reported seeking emergency medical treatment (3.5% of all users) … Continue reading

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Breaking the ice – All In The Mind

“We’re in the midst of an ice epidemic—or are we? It’s known that current methamphetamine users are switching from speed to the stronger form of crystal meth or ice.” Continue reading

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Alcoholics Anonymous – Uncritical Thinking

Anthropologist William Madsen, then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, claimed in a 1974 book that it has a “nearly miraculous” success rate, whereas others are far more skeptical. After reviewing the literature, we found that AA may help some people overcome alcoholism, especially if they also get some professional assistance, but the evidence is far from overwhelming

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Twins study finds no evidence that marijuana lowers IQ in teens

” The first study to do so, in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2012 reported significant declines in IQ between ages 13 and 38 in heavy users compared with those who used marijuana occasionally before age 18 or not at all. The paper “had a major effect on thinking about the risks of early heavy exposure to cannabis,” says Patton, a co-author. Critics, however, pointed out that the study failed to rule out other potential explanations for the decline in IQ, such as a teen’s family environment or whether they dropped out of school. ” Continue reading

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The myth of drug dependancy and poverty

” research from a UK study that showed extra cash in the grant to low parent single income families was used to close the spending gap on children. More was spent on clothing, footwear, books, and holidays and spending on alcohol and tobacco was reduced.” Continue reading

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