What happens when we decriminalise drugs?

Life Matters with Hillary Harper


The ACT will soon become the first jurisdiction to decriminalise the possession and use of illicit drugs.

It’s a pivot to treating drugs as a health issue, rather than a law and order issue, and experts say it’s a major step in reducing harms.

So what does a decriminalised community actually look like and why does it still give some pause?


Dr David Caldicott, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Emergency Medicine, ANU

Professor Alison Ritter, Director of the Drug Policy Modelling Program at UNSW, NHMRC Senior fellow 

  • Nat Tencic, Producer