Ripple Effect

Drug takers told to ‘pull their head in’

Drug takers told to ‘pull their head in’

‘Let this be a harsh lesson’: Mum’s statement after losing son

MAP: Data reveals Toowoomba's drug hotspots

premium_icon MAP: Data reveals Toowoomba's drug hotspots

See full map of suburbs with reported drug crime

‘So drugged-up they’d pick up pills out of vomit’

premium_icon ‘So drugged-up they’d pick up pills out of vomit’

Police Minister has backed a push to introduce “amnesty bins” at music festivals, revealing his work with St John Ambulance had exposed him to the rampant drugs...

SENTENCE: Funeral paid for with mate’s drug money

premium_icon SENTENCE: Funeral paid for with mate’s drug money

Yeppoon drug dealer reveals plan to spend cash to undercover police officer.

'Death seemed kinder than my daughter's drug hell'

premium_icon 'Death seemed kinder than my daughter's drug hell'

‘It’s a terrible thing to admit as a parent that I wished the release from this world for my child’

‘It’s easy’: Brazen drug deals at festival

‘It’s easy’: Brazen drug deals at festival

Despite Sydney’s biggest summer music festival crawling with cops, punters still managed to score drugs — even doing it metres from police.

Top cop backs drug amnesty bins at music festivals

premium_icon Top cop backs drug amnesty bins at music festivals

He is known for this hardline opposition to pill testing. But NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller tells The Ripple Effect he is ready to explore other options.

Taking the pee: How this could pave way for pill testing

premium_icon Taking the pee: How this could pave way for pill testing

Researcher Jonathan Brett has already made several surprise findings while testing wastewater collected from portaloos.

Three party pills in your pocket? You’re a drug dealer

premium_icon Three party pills in your pocket? You’re a drug dealer

A leading criminal solicitor is urging people to consider the far-reaching effects of popping a few pills at a music festival.

More education needed around party drugs academic warns

premium_icon More education needed around party drugs academic warns

A TOOWOOMBA biochemist has warned a rethink in drug education is needed if society wants to tackle the scourge of party drugs like MDMA.

Reveller dies after taking drugs cocktail at music festival

premium_icon Reveller dies after taking drugs cocktail at music festival

A man has died at the Strawberry Fields Music Festival early today. The 24-year-old is believed to have consumed multiple substances.

Frontline medics in life and death battle with MDMA

premium_icon Frontline medics in life and death battle with MDMA

Emergency medical teams can quite literally be the difference between life and death for people overdosing on MDMA and other drugs.

DRUG BUST: Police seize ecstasy bound for Schoolies

premium_icon DRUG BUST: Police seize ecstasy bound for Schoolies

Backpack packed with 43 pills in popular park raises concerns about public safety.

Police warn party-goers of potentially deadly synthetic MDMA

premium_icon Police warn party-goers of potentially deadly synthetic MDMA

Detective warns Gladstone party-goers: People taking MDMA or any party drugs trust that’s what they are consuming - and they shouldn’t.

‘I’ve never understood the attraction of drugs.’

premium_icon ‘I’ve never understood the attraction of drugs.’

Call me a goody-two-shoes but I’ve never popped a pill, snorted any powder or injected a thing.

Mackay is caught in the grip of a ice scourge

premium_icon Mackay is caught in the grip of a ice scourge

While MDMA presents itself as a non-issue in the region, the impacts of a far more dangerous substance are very real.

You could face jail for organising mates’ party drugs

premium_icon You could face jail for organising mates’ party drugs

Giving drugs to your friends, even free of charge, is a criminal offence that carries a maximum penalty of 3 years’ jail if dealt within the Magistrate’s Court.