Drug policy’s past, present and future: where should Australia head now?

Kate Seear

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In recent years there have been significant changes in global drug policy. This article considers these developments. I provide a brief introduction to the history of global drug policy, followed by an overview of the current state of play, both in Australia and abroad. Inspired by a recent injunction by New South Wales Deputy Coroner Harriet Grahame to think differently about drug problems, I then consider whether we are asking the right questions in current debates about the future direction of drug policy, and whether our policy priorities need to change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-260
Number of pages7
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • decriminalisation
  • Drugs
  • law reform
  • public health law and policy

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