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.
Health officials and the distilled spirits industry slam what they call an imitation vodka and rum deal, with soft drink, as akin to a deconstructed alcopop.
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.
NSW music festival operators have criticised the new strict licencing scheme, saying it stifles the music industry and that festival-goers should be free to take their own risks.
A study by the Monash Addiction Research Centre finds no increase in prescriptions for opioids in the year since the pain medications were more tightly controlled, but pharmacists say they are filling prescriptions at higher doses.
An Australian psychiatrist welcomes US approval of a depression treatment based on a chemical cousin of the club drug known as special K, but wants close monitoring if it is introduced here.
Former Saints star Nick Riewoldt says there is a "free-for-all" in the offseason of players using illicit drugs because "there's no ramifications" for players who are caught.