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World

World

El Chapo's Sons Charged With Drug Trafficking

2 min read

Two sons of convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been charged with drug trafficking, according to an indictment released Thursday by the Department of Justice.

National

National

Victorian MP Admits To Taking Drugs She Believed Were MDMA

1 min read

Victorian Greens MP Ellen Sandell has admitted to trying drugs while a student as her party pushes for pill testing following a spate of festival deaths.

Crime

Crime

Refugee Who Starred In TV Ad Charged Over $36M Ice Plot

1 min read

An Iranian national who appeared in an insurance ad encouraging migrants to become small business owners has been charged over an alleged plot to bring $36 million of the drug ice into Sydney. 

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Man Violently Attacks His Attorney After Getting 47-Year Jail Sentence

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Crime

Crime

Court Told How Far Ben Cousins Went To Conceal Drugs

2 min read

Fallen AFL champion Ben Cousins has been fined $1750 for possessing meth when he was arrested last year, but could stand trial over alleged family violence offences if negotiations stall.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

A Father Has Been Arrested For Slapping His Stepdaughter's Bully

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

Australians Consumed Four Tonnes Of Cocaine In A Year

1 min read

Australians spent $9.3 billion last year on cocaine, meth, MDMA and heroin, with cocaine and meth rising from previous years.

Politics

Politics

'Potential To Save Lives': ACT Approves Pill Testing Trial At Music Festival

2 min read

A pill testing trial has been approved at Canberra's Groovin The Moo music festival, with the ACT government saying it had a "responsibility" to explore the measure.

Crime

Crime

Drug Dogs Are Sniffing Out The Wrong Crims: Study

3 min read

More evidence has shown drug dog programs fail in what they set out to achieve, with suppliers slipping through the nets that pick up low-level drug users and marijuana smokers.

Crime

Crime

El Chapo To Join Notorious Terrorists, Prisoners At 'Alcatraz Of The Rockies'

5 min read

Notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to join a roster of infamous inmates when he begins serving his sentence.

National

National

Teenage Girls Rushed To Hospital After Suspected Overdose At School

1 min read

Four teenage girls have been rushed to hospital from a school in the Gold Coast after reportedly overdosing on an "unknown substance" on Friday.

National

National

The Hidden Meth Scourge Infesting Suburban Aussie Homes

2 min read

Our health and home could be affected by the nation's growing meth problem, and we may not even know it.

World

World

Sri Lanka Is On The Hunt For 'Moral' Hangmen

1 min read

If you're a man aged 18 to 45 with "strong moral character" and "mental strength" the Sri Lankan prison system might have a job for you.

World

World

The Craziest Details From The "El Chapo" Trial

5 min read

Shooting bazookas with his family. Burying a rival alive. A naked escape through a sewer system. These were just a few days in the life of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Police Hunt Mother Trying To Find Son A Date

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

World

World

Notorious Drug Lord "El Chapo" Convicted In U.S. Trial

7 min read

After nearly three months of testimony and six days of deliberation about a vast drug-smuggling conspiracy steeped in violence, a jury has convicted infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

National

National

Music Festival Cancelled After Organisers 'Blindsided' By $200,000 NSW Cop Bill

3 min read

A boutique Central Coast music festival has been forced to cancel one week out from the event, citing an unexpected $200,000 bill imposed on it by the New South Wales government.

World

World

Vet Who Smuggled Heroin Inside Puppies Sentenced To Six Years In Prison

2 min read

A veterinarian who conspired to smuggle heroin into the United States using puppies as drug mules has been sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Updated

Updated

Drug Bust: Police Warn Mexican Cartels Targeting Australia

2 min read

The Australian Federal Police have warned Australians one of the largest Mexican drug cartels is targeting the nation.

Sport

Sport

AFL Star Says White Powder Snorted In Video Is 'Wiesn Koks', Not Illegal Drugs

1 min read

Port Adelaide's Jack Watts denies a video that has surfaced shows the AFL player snorting cocaine.

Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker

As Festival Deaths Climb, How Do I Talk To My Teenagers About Drugs?

6 min read

I have no idea how to be a parent.

National

National

Selling MDMA In Shops Could Be A Smart Move, Drug Experts Say

3 min read

Young people are dying after taking party drugs -- so could the solution be to sell them in pharmacies instead?

Crime

Crime

Festival Drug Crackdown: Seventeen Year Old Busted With 600 Pills

2 min read

An underaged drug dealer has been caught trying to smuggle large amounts of MDMA into a Sydney music festival. 

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Popstar Apologises For Nazi Swastika T-Shirt

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Crime

Crime

Four Suspected Drug Overdoses At Victoria's Rainbow Serpent Festival

1 min read

Four revellers are recovering in hospital after being suspected of overdosing on drugs while at Victoria's notorious regional Rainbow Serpent Festival over the long weekend.

Updated

Updated

More Than A Dozen Ill, 50 Charged After Music Festivals Drug Operation

2 min read

A teen was allegedly caught with nearly 600 drug capsules and several people were rushed to hospital in critical conditions after Australia Day music festivals in Sydney.

Crime

Crime

On-The-Spot Fines For Drug Possession Are Now In Effect

1 min read

On-the-spot fines for drug possession instead of court notices set to revolutionise the system.

National

National

Medics On Standby For Three Music Festivals In NSW

1 min read

Three music festivals in Sydney will have a greater presence of medical teams and nurses on standby for drug overdoses and dehydration over the Australia Day weekend.

National

National

'I Can't Imagine What You Go Through': Emotional Scenes As Pill Testing Petition Delivered

4 min read

A petition with 100,000 signatures calling for pill testing to be introduced was delivered to NSW parliament house on Friday morning, as authorities prepared for a long weekend of music festivals.

National

National

Meet The Machine That Gives The DNA Of A Pill Right Down To The Type Of Paint

5 min read

In a crowded room in Sydney, pill testing advocates unveiled the machine used to analyse drugs, and explained patiently how their process would work to stop overdoses and save lives.

National

National

Premier Says Free Water And 'Chill-Out Zones', Not Pill Testing, Will Keep Festivals Safe

4 min read

Pill testing is not the answer, and instead festivals should give out more free water to help drug-affected people, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian claimed.

Crime

Crime

MDMA Found Concealed In Champagne Bottles Being Imported From Europe

1 min read

Australian Border Force (ABF) officials have found 96 litres of MDMA concealed in bottles imported from Europe.

World

World

Possible Link Seen Between Opioids And Horrific Birth Defect

1 min read

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.

Crime

Crime

Man Charged With Drug Supply May Be Linked To Alex Ross-King

1 min read

Police are investigating whether a Central Coast man charged with drug supply may be linked to Alex Ross-King, the 19-year-old who died after attending FOMO music festival on the weekend.

Crime

Crime

How They Nabbed An International Crime Syndicate Operating In Aussie Skies

2 min read

Eight members of an alleged Vietnamese international crime syndicate based in Melbourne responsible for smuggling $20 million worth of illicit drugs into Australia have been arrested.

National

National

Grieving Family Request Meeting With Premier To Discuss Pill Testing

2 min read

The grieving family of Alex Ross-King has requested a meeting with Gladys Berejklian to discuss pill testing and other harm reduction measures.

Crime

Crime

Coroner's Inquest To Investigate Music Festival Drug Deaths

2 min read

The NSW coroner will hold an inquest into a spate of drug-related deaths at music festivals this summer, as calls grow for the government to approve a pill testing trial.

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

You're Not Protecting Young Lives If You Look The Other Way On Pill Testing

4 min read

We have now lost five young people in less than five months.

National

National

'More Dangerous Drugs Than Ever': Why Are So Many Young Australians Dying?

5 min read

Decades of failure in public policy and a drug market "more dangerous than ever" have contributed to a "perfect storm" of festival summer deaths, experts say.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Charges Boyfriend $70 If He Gets Home Late

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Devastated Family Of Teen Who Died After FOMO Festival Begs Premier For Pill Testing

5 min read

"Premier, please. Can we have this pill testing done?"

National

National

Festival Drug Smuggler Ashamed Of Her 'Extremely Immature Decision'

1 min read

An 18-year-old woman who put 394 MDMA capsules inside her body and smuggled them into a music festival has narrowly avoided jail.

Crime

Crime

More Than $12 Million Worth Of 'Liquid Ecstasy' Seized

1 min read

Police have seized what may be Australia's largest ever haul of a liquid dance-party drug referred to as "coma in a bottle".

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Teacher Caught Allegedly 'Masturbating' Under Desk During Lesson

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

National

National

Beyond The Valley Festival Death: Snake Venom Found In Reveller's Blood

1 min read

The family of a university student who died after attending the Beyond The Valley music festival have discredited claims he died from a drug overdose. 

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Uber Driver Admits To Murdering Six Strangers Between Jobs Because He 'Wanted To'

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

We Can Lecture Kids About Bad Decisions, But Only If We Keep Them Alive

4 min read

Why do young people take drugs, despite the risk to their health?

Views

Views

Former Police Commissioner: We Need Pill Testing Not More Arrests

3 min read

The latest in a series of tragic festival deaths, this time in Victoria, is yet another nail in the coffin of the failed “Just Say No” strategy on drug use.

National

National

Here Are Just Some Of The Experts Who Back Pill Testing

4 min read

While still stubbornly opposing pill testing at festivals, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian appears to have extended the invitation to experts to prove her wrong.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Rejects New Year's Eve Kiss On Live TV

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

'This Doesn't Need To Be The Summer Of Festival Deaths': Pleas For Drug Reform

4 min read

A family is mourning the death of their 22-year-old son from a suspected drug overdose at a music festival, as debate returns to pill testing.

National

National

Warning Issued Over 'Extremely Dangerous Orange Pill'

1 min read

A festival held across Victoria, Tasmania, NSW and WA has alerted party-goers to a mysterious drug currently in circulation around the country.

News

News

Lost Paradise Festival Death: How The Drugs Are Getting In

1 min read

Roast chickens and secret compartments in Vegemite jars, these are some of the shocking lengths party-goers are taking to sneak drugs into Lost Paradise.

National

National

One Man Dead After Taking 'Unknown Substance' At Music Festival

1 min read

A man has died and two others have been rushed to hospital after taking an unknown substance at a music festival near Gosford.

News

News

Australian Navy Seizes Almost A Tonne Of Heroin In Arabian Sea

2 min read

Over 900 kilograms of heroin, with a street value of $279 million, was seized by Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat in recent days.

World

World

Drug Smugglers Arrested After High-Speed Water Chase

1 min read

Through salty waves and nautical winds, three alleged drug smugglers sped away from the law.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Two Drivers Test Positive To Every Drug In Testing List: Police

2 min read

Police have revealed that since cocaine testing for drivers was introduced in July in NSW, they have busted two drivers found to have every drug on the test list in their system.

National

National

Father Of Dead Schoolie Calls For 'Nangs' To Be Regulated

4 min read

Nitrous oxide should be regulated, warned the father of a Sydney teenager who fell to his death from a Gold Coast balcony after reportedly using the substance.

David Caldicott

David Caldicott

Opposing Pill Testing Is The ‘Climate Change Denial’ Of Drugs Policy

5 min read

Another death at a NSW Festival, and again, talk turns to pill testing.

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

There's Only One Rational Response To The Death At Knockout Games Of Destiny

3 min read

Less than three months after two young people died at Defqon.1 festival, we’ve seen another terrible event.

Updated

Updated

Police Name 19-Year-Old Who Died At Sydney Dance Party

3 min read

A teenager is dead and three others were placed into induced comas following suspected drug overdoses at the 'Knockout Games of Destiny" Dance Party.

Crime

Crime

Snort, Pop Or Smoke: Your Suburb Decides Your Poison

3 min read

While the use and spread of illicit drug activity in Sydney is wide, the most dangerous drugs have definitive local hotbeds of dealing and usage.

Katie Horneshaw

Katie Horneshaw

I Would Welcome An Ice Injecting Room Next To My Son's School

6 min read

A week before his trouncing at the Victorian state election, Mathew Guy made a promise.

National

National

'Nangs': The Cheap, Accessible And Legal Drug Concerning Health Professionals

2 min read

They're the cheap, quick and easy-to-buy bulbs of gas you use to pump whipped cream -- and health experts are issuing another warning to the teens misusing them.

World

World

Warning After 'Perfect' Couple Found Dead In Bed Together

2 min read

Michelle Avila's parents have warned that their daughter's death is proof that "what looks perfect, is not perfect".

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Matt Noffs & Shelley Smith

Why The Libs Were Wrong On Safe Injecting Rooms

3 min read

The ghost of Nancy Reagan reared her head last week during the ill-fated final days of the Victorian Liberal party’s election campaign.

National

National

The ACT Is Just One Vote Away From Legalising Marijuana

2 min read

Possessing up to 50 grams of cannabis or four marijuana plants for personal use could soon be legal in the Australian Capital Territory.

Celebrity

Celebrity

Amanda Bynes Breaks Silence On Troubled Past

4 min read

Amanda Bynes is finally speaking out in PAPER's annual "Break the Internet" issue.

TV

TV

Kim K Was High On Ecstasy During First Wedding And Sex Tape

1 min read

The reality star is dropping some major bombshells in the latest ep of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians.'

World

World

Poor Teens In Indonesia Are Getting High Off Menstrual Pads

2 min read

A disturbing trend for years with homeless young people is now under a global spotlight.

World

World

'It's A Big Pothole': Why Canada Is Running Out Of Weed

3 min read

One month on from making it legal, Canada's recreational marijuana supply is dwindling.

World

World

How El Chapo Became One Of The World's Most Notorious Drug Lords

5 min read

The highly-anticipated trial of the man credited with 'revolutionising' the drug-trafficking trade began in the U.S. on Tuesday.

World

World

Australian Bikie Sentenced To Death In Thailand

1 min read

Luke Cook and his Thai wife Kanyarat Wechapitak attempted to smuggle half a tonne of methamphetamine to Australia.

News

News

Painkillers Killing More Aussies Than Heroin, Damning Figures Reveal

4 min read

Deaths from opioid abuse have increased by 62 percent over a decade -- and it's Australian women who are its biggest users.

Crime

Crime

80 Percent Of Defqon Festival Searches Found No Drugs

3 min read

Nearly 200 police worked at the Defqon music festival in September, an arrangement the Greens have called a "harmful waste of resources".

News

News

Tough New Laws For Drug Dealers Responsible For Music Festival Deaths

3 min read

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said a new offence of drug supply causing death will be created, following "expert" panel recommendations.

News

News

Former AFL Player Shane Mumford Filmed 'Snorting' White Powder

1 min read

Video showing the former AFL player snorting what appears to be a white powder has been circulated online.

National

National

Mother's Heartache Over 'Trusting' Daughter's GBH Death

1 min read

Katrina Gavan spent her 34th birthday watching her only child have her life support switched off.

Politics

Politics

Why The Gay Community Is Upset About The Government Banning Leather Cleaner

3 min read

A plan to restrict a sex aid to the same drug category as heroin and ecstasy has been slammed as "ridiculous".

National

National

Shannon Noll Avoids Criminal Conviction For Cocaine Possession

3 min read

Singer Shannon Noll has avoided a criminal conviction for cocaine possession, after a Magistrate took into account his good character and selfless charity work.

World

World

Peruvian Police Burn 22 Tonnes Of Drugs

1 min read

Peruvian police have destroyed nearly 22 tonnes of drugs seized in the third raid conducted by authorities this year.

National

National

NSW, Victoria Highest Users Of Cocaine And Heroin: Report

2 min read

NSW consumes more than one tonne of cocaine a year while Victorians consume an estimated two tonnes of methylamphetamine over the same period, a new report found.

National

National

Cannabis Clinics Won't Solve Anything For Those Who Can't Afford It

3 min read

Medicinal marijuana advocates have cautiously welcomed the opening of cannabis clinics in Australian cities, but warn they will do little to solve issues around access and cost for patients who benefit from the drug.

World

World

Drug Suspect Claims A Ghost Planted Meth On Him

1 min read

An American man has given a novel excuse after being found with drugs, telling police a ghost had planted methamphetamine on him.

Features

Features

Most Overdose Deaths Now Due To Prescription Drugs

3 min read

Drug cocktails, doctor-shopping and over-prescription lead to spike in fatalities

World

World

Someone Just 'Donated' $24 million Worth Of Cocaine To Cops

1 min read

It was an a-peeling donation that turned into something much more.

Katie Horneshaw

Katie Horneshaw

My Friendship With A Heroin User Showed Me Just How Judgemental I Was

4 min read

On Wednesday, readers of the Herald Sun were confronted with a cover image of two men injecting heroin into their arms in the corner of a CBD parking lot.

Celebrity

Celebrity

Demi Lovato’s Mum Opened Up About Her Daughter's Overdose

1 min read

Demi Lovato’s mother has spoken in public for the first time about her daughter’s overdose in July this year -- saying the media found out before she did.

National

National

The Facts: How Pill Testing Would Work In Australia

6 min read

Two more young people are dead, but governments are still viciously resisting calls for pill testing.

National

National

Defqon Deaths: Calls For Pill Testing Instead Of Shut Down

4 min read

Pill testing advocates, health professionals call for pill testing.

News

News

Statement from Defqon.1

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Statement from Defqon.1

Celebrity

Celebrity

Shannon Noll Charged Over Drug Possession At Sydney Hotel

1 min read

He was allegedly caught with a bag of white powder.

National

National

Premier To Shut Down Defqon Festival After Two Die, 13 Hospitalised

3 min read

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has vowed to shut down the festival altogether.

World

World

News Anchor Tragically Reports On Own Daughter's Death

2 min read

For a TV anchor who covered the opioid crisis for years, the story becomes personal.

Celebrity

Celebrity

Sir Paul McCartney Got So High He "Saw God"

1 min read

Talk about a high-er power.

Views

Views

Can We Use Drugs To Excuse Bad Behaviour Online?

4 min read

Quit pretending we know the difference between bad judgement and broken neurology.

News

News

Police Discover Entire Home Converted Into Drug Lab Following Explosion

1 min read

A home was evacuated following an explosion that rocked the sleepy street.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Most Drug Dog Strip Searches Turn Up No Drugs, Figures Show

2 min read

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller strongly backed the program

Crime

Crime

Man Allegedly Found With $1 Million Worth Of Ice 'In Underpants'

1 min read

Two big drug busts in Hobart in as many days.

National

National

'I Get So Angry': More Australians Are Dying From Painkiller Overdoses Than Ever

4 min read

It was perfectly legal, right up until it killed him.