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Commentary on the Australia 21 report

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Date Published:
5 Apr 2012
Contact person:
Marion Downey
02 9385 1080

The release of the Australia 21 report The prohibition of illicit drugs is killing and criminalising our children and we are all letting it happen has unleashed a torrent of debate on illicit drug policy in Australia. Decriminalisation of illicit drugs has been at the heart of much of the media coverage.

Here are what some of NDARC's academic staff have had to say in the wake of the report's release:

Professor Michael Farrel on factors that may contribute to drug use and addiction: Drugs: why some do and some don't
Professor Alison Ritter on the evidence for and against various policy options in Decriminalisation or legalisation: injecting evidence in the drug law reform debate
Dr Caitlin Hughes on the relaxing of criminal penalties for drug users: Australian states quietly lead the way on drug reform
Professor Alison Ritter on decriminalisation (audio file below)