The Ted Noffs Foundation Blog by Matt Noffs

  • There is no debate on pill testing

    March 13, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    MDMA has a reputation as a culprit in overdoses and harmful drug use. This is because MDMA is too often conflated with ecstasy, the street name for a drug which may contain MDMA but which may also contain a number of other unknown substances, making it far more harmful. As ...
  • Recreational use of MDMA and the development of Ecstasy

    March 13, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    Ecstasy began to emerge on the youth party scene in the 1980s, initially in isolated pockets of youth subculture [1]. It was previously investigated for medicinal purposes, predominantly in treating anxiety and PTSD [2] and its early use was largely clinical, amongst a closely connected group of psychiatrists and psychotherapists ...
  • Pill testing as a harm reduction strategy

    March 13, 2017 Matt Noffs Comments
    Harm reduction measures aim to reduce the risks associated with illicit drugs and create a more informed environment surrounding drug consumption, ultimately improving the welfare of the community. Whilst we do not see any one, single, harm reduction measure as the holy grail, regulating certain measures such as pill testing ...
  • DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: The link between crime and drug dependency

    May 28, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    Even when anti-prohibitionists discuss drug law reform, they're always careful to voice their philosophical opposition to drug use. No-one wants to be seen as a druggie or crucified as a degenerate. But is the view that all drug users are somehow scum to be imprisoned rational? Is it true ...
  • GIVE ME 3 REASONS: Questions and answers on drug prohibition

    March 16, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    One of the most common opinions I hear from proponents of prohibition is that the alternatives will all lead to an increase in drug use especially amongst young people. The theory is that anything other than absolute prohibition amounts to approval and will be seen as such by our children ...

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