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.
Thousands of ageing Australians who were abused while in institutional care as children now face the "terrifying" prospect of entering an aged care system that reckons with its own allegations of misconduct.
It's estimated Owsely Stanley manufactured around five million LSD trips in his life time. But his musical archive is an even more impressive, writes Mark Bannerman.
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.
Ballina has the big prawn, Coffs Harbour the big banana, Nyngan the big bogan. Now an artist wants to build a giant wooden bong in the town of Woodenbong.
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.
The AFL is reviewing its illicit drugs policy amid criticism players are able to use mental health issues as a loophole to avoid suspension.