The Ted Noffs Foundation Blog by Matt Noffs

  • He kaw te law case

    July 17, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    GEEKING OUT OVER AUSTRALIAN DRUG LAW I'm a Criminal Justice scholar so I find myself regularly geeking out over criminal law and drug law reform. For instance, NSW legislation has some remarkable drug regulations buried in it that have pioneered drug law reform throughout the country and the world ...
  • Drug dependency is a temporary problem

    July 10, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    I recently read and tweeted out this article Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of it: Why Is this Widely Denied about how people "grow out of" addiction. I'm not sure I agree with the terminology but the take home message here is undeniable: drug dependency is a ...
  • The how, when and why of Uruguay

    July 03, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    Uruguay stunned the world when it became the first country to fully legalise cannabis use, cultivation and sale in December 2013. However, the issue had been brewing for decades prior, with a committed grassroots movement seizing on Uruguay’s traditionally liberal attitude to social policy to push for law reform ...
  • Does drug dependency create isolation, or the other way around?

    June 26, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    Drug use and illicit drugs generally are associated with antisocial behaviour[1], however, in my experience of dealing with young people I have found that drug use always starts out as an intensely social experience. I've always felt as though the personal connections, rituals and shared experiences that go ...
  • HEAVY LOAD: How to better understand Australia's youth drinking culture

    June 19, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    It's a well known fact that the practice of "pre-loading" amongst young people is a huge contributing factor to alcohol-fuelled violence. What is pre-loading? It's basically getting drunk before you leave the house to go out for the evening. And it is so common that, for many Australian ...

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