No drug decriminalisation but we can still change drug laws to improve health outcomes

Recent public discussions about the decriminalisation of currently illicit drugs in Australia engendered by the A21 Report on Australian Drug Policy has  prompted me to think about the nature of Australian drug laws and how they impact upon harm reduction. The response from our country’s leading politicians demonstrates once again that the notion of reducing … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with Harm Reduction & Drug Law Reform?

Another in the essay series, this article discusses the question: ‘Is it necessary to support drug law reform as a harm reductionist?’ Introduction On the 11th of November 2004, the then Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa famously stated: ‘Under the guise of “harm reduction”, there are … Continue reading

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