While providing an avenue for non-criminalisation for first- and second-time possession offences, the hefty fines risk perpetuating the involvement of people who use drugs with the criminal legal system, particularly those most vulnerable.
Police drug-detection dogs in NSW exhibit an alarming rate of false-positive detections for drugs among festival-goers, raising concerns about the effectiveness of strip-searches and other violent, degrading and humiliating policing responses to drugs.
Victoria's first safe injecting room secures permanent status, marking a milestone in harm reduction efforts and sparking hope for a more compassionate and evidence-based approach towards people who inject drugs across Australia.
Mclauchlan et al. explore the recurrence of politicians expressing support for drug policy reform only after leaving office, signalling a need for a closer look into the factors that influence public support for reform among lawmakers.
The Review Panel found that since its establishment in 2018, Richmond's supervised injecting facility has reduced overdose deaths and harm, and provided a gateway to health and social services, among other successes.