The Ted Noffs Foundation Blog by Matt Noffs

  • Addicted? excerpt 1: Our Social Anaesthetic

    May 30, 2018 The Noffs Team Comments
    Our Social Anaesthetic The Fatal Shore’s author, Robert Hughes, tells us that rum was ‘the social anaesthetic and real currency of early New South Wales’: In this little community… nearly all the men and most of the women were addicted to alcohol. In Australia, especially between 1790 and 1820 ...
  • Asset forfeiture

    February 20, 2018 The Noffs Team Comments
    Imagine you’re a US citizen, travelling across state lines with a large amount of cash. You’re not doing anything wrong - you’ve seen an ad for a second-hand car in another state and are making your way there with the cash to purchase it. On the way the ...
  • Is Drug Dependency a Disease?

    January 15, 2018 The Noffs Team Comments
    Drug Dependency and the Disease Theory The disease theory describes drug dependency as a chronic neurological and biomedical disorder of the brain, where harmful substance use alters brain chemistry and structure which triggers a dependence on that substance. Proponents of the disease theory argue that once dependent, the individual can ...
  • Prohibition doesn't work... what does "working" mean

    October 09, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    PROHIBITION DOESN’T WORK.. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY THAT? “Prohibition doesn’t work.” We often hear this from advocates for harm minimisation and progressive drug policy. But what exactly does it mean? We say prohibition has been ineffective, but what do we mean by that? If we consider prohibition ...
  • Adverse Childhood Events ... What are they and how do they effect drug use?

    October 02, 2017 The Noffs Team Comments
    Drug dependency and the science of ACEs Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) occur in a significant proportion of the population, with many unaware they may have an event in their past which can be classified as an ACE. Multiple ACEs increase the likelihood of developing a dependence on drugs and alcohol ...

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