New research from the Australian National University uncovered the use of the highly-addictive synthetic opiate fentanyl as a frequent product and agent used to lace other drugs.
When Bayer pharmaceuticals launched its new painkiller, Heroin, in 1895 as an over-the-counter medication, it was promoted as a "safer" alternative to morphine. We're still dealing with the consequences, says Dr Jennifer Stevens.
Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous have long been the stereotype of kicking an addiction. But a new wave of sobriety start-ups owe more to "lifestyle designers" than a Higher Power.
As we lap up fictional versions of female incarceration on our television — the glamorous inmates in cult hit Orange is the New Black or the grittier Wentworth — an unprecedented number of women are steadily flowing into the blunt brick prisons dotting our nation.
We all experience pleasure differently but problems with our ability to manage or maintain our drive for reward often lie at the root of many neuropsychiatric disorder, writes James Kesby.
Millions of Americans will open newspapers or flick on their televisions today to find advertisements from tobacco companies saying that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted.
Former drug dealer Jessica sold heroin for a decade, but refused to sell fentanyl after seeing 15 people overdose. The opioid is 50 times more powerful than morphine, and experts say it's creeping in to Australia.
Charlotte Meagher started using Instagram at just 13, and now at 16 feels like every time she goes out she needs to post something. She says the app has changed the way children live their lives.
The media has been going ice mad, but its coverage of the drug has not been showing us the full picture, Matt Noffs and Shelley Smith write.
Thinking of technologies as tools for manipulating mental states might help us tell a story of technology use — helpful, harmful or ambiguous — which compares in its richness to the story of drug use.