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Warning over ecstasy MDMA pills sold in Sydney

Warning over dangerous high dose MDMA pills in Sydney

Dangerous ecstasy pills containing around twice the average dose of MDMA are circulating in Sydney as Mardi Gras season begins. The pills have been spotted in a couple of colours and are a skull shape with a “MYBRAND” logo on the back (pictured above). The tablets found were pink-orange and blue and contained 181 to …

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Urgent warning over deadly ‘Red Bull’ party pills in NSW

NSW Health has warned of potentially lethal “Red Bull” tablets being sold as MDMA but instead containing a potent opioid, circulating ahead of Mardi Gras season. Three people presented to Sydney hospitals over the past weekend, NSW Health says, after taking as little as half a tablet that they believed was party drug ecstasy. One …

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‘Bath salts’: Scary finds at Canberra’s pill testing site

Scientists in Canberra have discovered three new party drugs at Australia’s only fixed pill testing site, and have called for more testing across Australia. The ACT’s CanTEST site has analysed more than 1,700 drug samples since opening in July 2022. Prof Malcolm McLeod, from the Australian National University, said a client submitted a substance they …

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Lifetime Achievement Award for community stalwart Bill Rutkin

The Queensland Mental Health Commission last week presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to LGBTIQA+ community stalwart Bill Rutkin OAM. The award recognises his ‘distinguished service, significant contribution, and leadership in the alcohol and other drugs sector’. The Mental Health Commission cited Bill as proof that ‘progressive social reform is driven by the grassroots and members …

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Pill Testing for Fortitude Valley party precinct?

Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley party precinct could see pill testing sites after a push to trial the drug safety program. Greens MP Michael Berkman called for a comprehensive trial after the Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) proposed that the government introduce pill testing before the summer festival season. QNADA, along with peak …

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Time for new approach to failed war on drugs?

In response to an epidemic of drug overdoses, Canada’s drug regulator recently approved a new approach to the failed war on drugs. Queensland-based alcohol and drug service provider QuIHN called for Australian authorities to consider similar reforms. History records that humans used mind-altering substances since pre-historic times. The ancient Sumerians began getting their kicks from …

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You are not alone: get help & support to stop ice use

Helping a loved one to reduce or stop using crystal methamphetamine (ice) is not easy. But one man, who helped his brother’s recovery, says it is worth it. Shane believes keeping an open mind and having access to support services were crucial in supporting his brother John through recovery. If you or a loved one …

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Recovery from ice – the way out, reconnecting with family & culture

Crystal methamphetamine (ice) can be a tough drug to stop. It’s a lot easier with help, but fear, shame and stigma often deter people from seeking the support they need. QNews spoke to Rosie and her Mum, Gloria, about their experience with ice. Rosie previously developed a dependency on ice over six years. But with …

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This Christmas, we’re awash with dicks past present & future

With apologies to Charles Dickens, this Christmas sees us awash with dicks, past, present and future. First, Steve-O re-emerged from well-deserved obscurity. Grandad Jackass announced the launch of his own uncensored website. Then a guy in Florida caught with bags of meth and coke tied to his dick claimed the drugs weren’t his. Finally, reality …

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Rockhampton DV offender used drugs to cope with bullying

A Rockhampton man convicted of breaching a domestic violence order, and obstructing and assaulting police, blamed his actions on drug use that resulted from bullying at school. The 35-year-old man’s lawyer told Rockhampton Magistrates Court that he turned to marijuana at 14 as a coping mechanism after bullying for being gay. The defendant cannot be …

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