On Drugs


Australians are world leaders in recreational drug use, but we seem chronically incapable of an honest appraisal of the issues this raises. The 'war on drugs' paradigm dominates the mainstream while drug-taking subcultures flourish at the margins: something has to give. Through an examination of the history, politics, law, science and culture of drugs and drug use in Australia, this course will stimulate open discussion of this controversial subject.

Starts: July 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Alcohol: The most dangerous drug of all?

July 11, 2013 Lecturer: Robin Room (Turning Point / Monash University)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Why do people take drugs?

Oct. 10, 2013 Lecturer: Monica Barratt (National Drug Research Institute)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Options for drug law reform

Oct. 17, 2013 Lecturer: Nick Crofts (Melbourne University / Nossal Inst.)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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How drugs work

Oct. 24, 2013 Lecturer: Andrew Lawrence (Florey Institute)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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New and emerging drug trends

Oct. 31, 2013 Lecturer: Steven Bright (Curtin University)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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Australia and the international drug business

Nov. 14, 2013 Lecturer: John Rainford
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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