When a young man recently turned up at a rural drug and alcohol service seeking help for an infection, staff knew this wasn't just another addict. The scaly skin on his arm was the sign a new drug had arrived in Australia, writes Julaine Allan.
The number of people willing to test their illegal drugs at a Canberra music festival doubles in the second year of a controversial pill-testing trial.
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.
This year's Grow Your Own music festival in the NSW sister towns of Forster-Tuncurry shows off the best of regional Australia, fusing music, food, art, and film into one 'beast' of an event for young festival-goers.
The NSW Government assembles an "expert panel" to advise on how to make music festivals safer after the deaths of two attendees at Defqon at the weekend — but if they endorse pill testing, the Premier says it will not be introduced.
There are many good private alcohol and drug treatment providers, but lack of regulation means some unethical practices are being uncovered. Here's what you should know about treatment.
Politicians from across the divide say more pill testing trials at music festivals will save lives, after 128 people made use of the first trial at Canberra's Goovin the Moo festival on Sunday.