The Ted Noffs Foundation Blog by Matt Noffs

  • DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: The link between crime and drug dependency

    May 28, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    Even when anti-prohibitionists discuss drug law reform, they're always careful to voice their philosophical opposition to drug use. No-one wants to be seen as a druggie or crucified as a degenerate. But is the view that all drug users are somehow scum to be imprisoned rational? Is it true ...
  • GIVE ME 3 REASONS: Questions and answers on drug prohibition

    March 16, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    One of the most common opinions I hear from proponents of prohibition is that the alternatives will all lead to an increase in drug use especially amongst young people. The theory is that anything other than absolute prohibition amounts to approval and will be seen as such by our children ...
  • GIVE THEM ICE: How treating drug dependency with drugs works

    March 09, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    I don't really like the word addiction. I prefer to say dependency. To me, dependency is a much better characterisation of the problem: when you depend on something, there is an element of that thing having control over you, and loss of control is one of the scariest things ...
  • THE HASLAM LEGACY: Does mental health block medicinal and recreational cannabis?

    March 03, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    A variation of this blog was also published in The Canberra Times, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Click here to see the original OP ED. Following the death of Dan Haslam, the man who helped make medicinal marijuana trials a reality in NSW, we should take a moment ...
  • WHY BIGGER ISN'T BETTER: The danger of over-spending on mental health

    February 13, 2015 Matt Noffs Comments
    The team here recently saw this review: The cold, hard truth about the ice bucket challenge of the success of the ALS ice bucket challenge which discusses the issues of funding cannibalism. At first glance it is tempting to dismiss this argument as sour grapes, especially for people not intimately ...

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