Internet the biggest problem when dealing with drugs: expert

A UNITED Kingdom addiction expert believes the internet is the biggest problem when it comes to drug use.

Dr Adam Winstock will be in Brisbane this month to discuss the mass distribution and marketing of illicit drugs on the internet and the challenge facing authorities to regulate it.

A driving force behind the Global Drug Survey, he will speak about the latest findings of the survey and what they suggest.

"The internet poses the greatest challenge to drug policy in the last 100 years," he said.

"We need to embrace the internet as a solution to old problems.

"It is a game changer that will force authorities to review drug regulation.

"The appearance of new and emerging challenges of novel psychoactive substances means our default strategies of banning drugs may no longer be fit for purpose."

Dr Winstock will also propose that the survey shows safer drug use is more enjoyable.

"We need to engage people who use drugs in an adult honest dialogue that explicitly accepts pleasure as the driver for their use, not a desire to avoid harm," he said.

Dr Winstock is the international keynote speaker at the 2014 Australian Winter School, an alcohol and other drugs conference, at Rydges South Bank Brisbane from July 23 to 25.

Topics:  addiction drugs illicit drugs

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