In Oceania, drug production, trafficking and consumption remain overwhelmingly a criminal justice issue. However, Australia and New Zealand have moved towards policies that prioritise health to respond to drug use. More recently, New Zealand made the headlines with the adoption of an innovative policy towards new psychoactive substances.
Eggins et al. found that there is limited high-quality scientific evidence that can be used to examine the impact of the law-enforcement mechanisms of supplier arrest and seizure on a range of drug-related outcomes.
This study aims to identify patterns of ecstasy use among live music event attendees; explore the opinions and potential usage of pill testing programs and examine factors associated with the likelihood of still taking a pill containing a potential harmful substance.
Regulation is likely to lead to better outcomes for health, education and justice, but the bill needs to offer further clarity on issues such as potency and the role of for-benefit companies, according to legal expert.
The ACT's pill testing trial identified seven substances containing a potentially dangerous substance, and reported positive implications among the participants' trust in health providers and harm reduction knowledge.