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2016: The year in drugs

A timeline of the biggest drug stories this year

  • Louis Anderson-Rich
  • 9 December 2016
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February 29: Drug experts to trial pill testing in Australia

Two weeks after one of Australia’s most respected current affairs shows aired a special on drug use at festivals, leading Australia drug experts vowed to begin pill testing at music festivals. Dr Alex Wodak of the drug law reform foundation said he would “break the law to save young people’s lives.” Unfortunately, the NSW government still doesn’t see it that way and have threatened to prosecute anyone associated with a pill-testing trial.

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May 26: UK legal high ban comes into play

Originally meant to come into effect in April, the UK legal high ban was passed on May 26. The law banned the trade of legal highs like synthetic cannabis and laughing gas in the United Kingdom. It originally included poppers before they were ruled not psychoactive following advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

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