Powerful psychedelic drugs available on the Internet are increasingly being used as new party drugs at rave parties.
These so called research drugs come from the same chemical families as LSD and ecstasy and come in pill or powder form.
They are legally manufactured and have high purity levels because they are used for medical and scientific research.
The effect is similar to ecstasy and other dance drugs and the risks of death and permanent disability are similar.
Harms known at this time include agitation, violence, heart attack and death.
There are extensive web sites and bulletin boards on the Internet encouraging the use of these research drugs.
(Source: The Guardian UK 16 February 2004)
The only way Australia can counter these small quantities of drugs sold over the Internet using credit cards is to reduce party drug demand.
Australia must reduce the use of party drugs by empowering its courts to divert users into detoxification and rehabilitation.
Australian authorities do not have the legal power to stop Internet sales and delivery of small quantities of research drugs.
Research drugs are so new that the toxic impacts on the human body are not yet fully known.
Rehabilitation of drug users must include resolving the issues of why mind-altering drugs are needed by users to mask past bad experiences.
Another death from the party drug ECSTASY in Adelaide highlights the dangers of the use of party drugs.
The women, a mother of two preschool children, died as a result of using ECSTASY at a nightclub in Adelaide.
The women was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital but died soon after.
(Source: Adelaide Advertiser, 8 March 2006)
MORE ICE ADDICTS THAN HEROIN ADDICTS
The ABC Four Corners program has highlighted that in Australia there are more addicted users of the party drug ICE than HEROIN.
The only Australian study highlights that there is 73,000 dependent ICE users in Australia.
ICE is a new party drug 20 times stronger than AMPHETAMINES and experts claim that ICE is one of the most addictive illicit drugs known.
ICE users experience psychotic symptoms like paranoia and delusions and the death of neurons in the brain causing brain damage.
Chronic ICE and COCAINE use are associated with Ekboms Syndrome causing halucinations and also extreme violence.
(Source: ABC Four Corners programs 20 March 2006)
The party drugs ICE and ECSTASY are increasingly being used in Australia.
The psychological damage from these drugs is not yet fully known but we can expect mental health facilities to be severely impacted.
There are NO rehabilitation programs for ICE addiction.
ECSTASY use has caused a number of recorded deaths in Australia.
Ecstasy use in Australia is at record levels according to a new survey.
Three per cent of all Australians have used ecstasy recently.
One in every eight people uses ecstasy amongst 20 to 24 year olds.
More than one in three Australians or 38 per cent have ever used cannabis, speed or ecstasy at some stage in their life.
Australians used more cannabis, speed and ecstasy than people in Britain, USA or New Zealand.
(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 29 July 2005 reporting on the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare report)
Cannabis, speed and ecstasy usage all have significant health risks.
Ecstasy use has caused death with brain damage, depression, memory loss, psychological problems and increased risk of developing a disease similar to Parkinsons disease.
Speed use produces paranoid psychosis, violence, suicide and death.
Cannabis, which is much stronger now, produces psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, cancer, foetal abnormalities and immune system damage.
The very high cannabis, speed and ecstasy use by people in their twenties poses increased stress on mental health facilities and more risks for health workers and police as they deal with the violence and mental problems from the use.
Australia can successfully reduced illicit drug use and therefore the health risks by copying illicit drug policies from overseas where detoxification and rehabilitation are provided to get users drug free.
A fit and active 20-year-old Canberra man died after using ecstasy and cannabis the ACT Coroners Court was told.
The man died of a heart attack 4 hours after taking just one ecstasy tablet and shortly after using cannabis.
(Source: Canberra Yourguide 18 June 2004)
The cost of an ecstasy tablet has fallen from $70 in the 1990s to just $35 today in most capital cities of Australia.
A National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre survey found that 66 per cent of ecstasy users bought their tablets from friends.
80 per cent of ecstasy users said the ecstasy tablets were very easy to get and they obtained them before going to clubs and pubs.
(Source: Sydney Morning Herald 24 June 2004)
Ecstasy is the major party drug used in Australia with some experts claiming half a million Australians used ecstasy in the last year.
Criminals trafficking ecstasy into Australia know that Australians prefer to take a tablet than inject illicit drugs.
Ecstasy use is increasing in Australia according to the latest surveys.
Australia must reduce its illicit drug use, as we are one of the highest illicit drug using nations in the world.
In order to protect vulnerable Australians we must reduce drug use to international best practice of no more than 3 per cent of our young people having used an illicit drug in the last year from the present level of one in three young Australian using illicit drugs.
Illicit drug users must be diverted into detoxification & rehabilitation to ensure that deaths, permanent injury and shortened lives are avoided.
Even one nights use of the illicit drug ecstacy could cause long lasting brain damage according to a Canadian study.
Ecstacy is a popular party or rave drug used in clubs and pubs throught Australia.
The brain damage disclosed by the study included early onset of Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
These diseases are irreversible.
The baboons and monkeys given the usual party doses of ecstacy were left with severe neurotoxicity and brain damage.
Doctors at the University of British Columbia strongly urged young people to never use ecstacy based on the study.
(Source: American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Ecstacy is one of the popular party drugs in Australia and is freely available for our young people.
This scientific evidence shows that advice that users need to drink water when using ecstacy is badly flawed.
Permanent brain damage from only one use of ecstacy means that governments have a responsibility to actively suppress ecstacy use.