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.
The latest Illicit Drug Report highlights the issue of multiple drug use-
One in three regular ecstasy users report a lifetime use of Ketamine.
One in five regular ecstasy users report a lifetime use of the drug GHB.
Six in ten regular ecstasy users reported using LSD in their lifetime.
Half of regular ecstasy users have ever used benzodiazepines.
Seven in ten injecting drug users reported using hallucinogens mainly LSD in their lifetime.
Half of injecting drug users reported having recently used morphine.
(Source: Australian Crime Commission Illicit Drug Data report 2006/7)
Illicit drug users commonly use other illicit and legal drugs in a cocktail which has serious impact on their mental and physical health.
The effect of combined drug use can cause violence, aggression, paranoia, hallucinations and psychosis.
Health professionals now complain about having to deal with multiple drug affected patients that present at emergency departments.
These multiple health impacts will present multidisciplinary complications to Australian health authorities.
Early intervention requires that multi drug users be rehabilitated before the health problems occur.
Australia should use its courts to direct multi drug users into detoxification and rehabilitation to get them drug free before the health problems occur.
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