The Ted Noffs Foundation Blog by Matt Noffs

  • Drug dependency is a temporary problem

    July 10, 2017 The Noffs Team 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 The Noffs Team 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 The Noffs Team 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 The Noffs Team 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 ...
  • What makes medical cannabis medical?

    June 12, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    From earliest days, cannabis has been recognised for its medical uses, as well as recreational uses. References to medical uses for cannabis can be found in many ancient civilisations, [1] and prior to its criminlisation in 1937, cannabis “was one of the top three most prescribed medicines in the US ...

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