You've heard it before - you propose something pragmatic to reduce the risks of drug use then someone says it would send the wrong message about drugs. The whole preoccupation with 'sending a message' is getting in the way of doing what's right. Pill testing is a great example.Read more
Pill testing could have saved my son. He took illegal drugs but that shouldn’t be a death sentence. Last year, with Unharm I launched a change.org petition for pill testing services in Australia, and more than 35,000 of you have got behind it. The politicians are starting to pay attention, but not fast enough. And that’s not good enough.Read more
When everything old is new again, we can't progress. A group of 'NSW Parliamentarians committed to harm minimisation' convened a NSW drug summit on August 11 in Sydney. They are pitching harm minimisation as a 'new approach for drug policy'. In reality, harm minimisation has been the overarching goal of Australia's National Drug Strategy for more than 30 years now, and that Strategy is endorsed by all major parties. Looking to the past, we can see why we need to move beyond 'harm minimisation' and towards a new approach to drug policy.Read more
Are you a designer, videographer, of some other kind of creative talent? Do you want to help abolish prohibition in the most beautiful way? Become a part of Unharm’s team of creative volunteers!Read more
I saw an extraordinary interaction between a police officer and reveler at the Mountain Sounds Music Festival at Kariong last Saturday. A person was in the middle of taking an ecstasy tablet when a police officer spotted her. The officer walked over to her, took the drug away and gave her a stern warning. It was a beautiful moment.
For a long time, LGBTIQ communities have recognized the need to develop and maintain cultures of care at dance events and beyond. The idea behind this initiative is to pick up on the thread of party and drug related LGBTIQ activism in Sydney and bring it together with the growing drug policy reform movement. We began with a meeting in Sydney in January 2016.
It seemed right to be in Washington DC for the Drug Policy Alliance's 2015 Reform Conference - a Nation’s capital, where so many of the world’s big decisions are made and social movements have congregated. It has taken me a few days to be able to sit, reflect and write about my experience at the Conference. It felt like a huge come down after an incredible buzz.Read more
Thanks to everyone who came along to the Unharm Sydney meetup on Tuesday November 3. I’ve put together this blog post of ‘minutes’ from the meeting, for people who were there and people who couldn’t make it but are interested to hear about what happened.Read more
Police response to death at Dragon Dreaming prompts call from drug harm reduction organisation Unharm for evidence-based approach to keeping people safe at future eventsRead more
Genesis Black, a legal and well-organised music event at Sydney’s Horden Pavilion, was shut down by NSW Police last weekend. It wasn’t a good sign for the summer ahead.Read more