Ripple Effect

Terrified drug dealer sobs, calls ‘mum’ as he goes to jail

Terrified drug dealer sobs, calls ‘mum’ as he goes to jail

Terrified of jail, druggie Julian Martusciello breaks down.

Grieving father’s message to all parents

premium_icon Grieving father’s message to all parents

Grieving father urges parents to ensure “door is always open” for kids.

20,000 drug capsules turns overdose victim into art

premium_icon 20,000 drug capsules turns overdose victim into art

Artist creates Anna Wood portrait with 20,000 drug capsules.

“A fun drug”, akin to cancer, isn’t worth it

premium_icon “A fun drug”, akin to cancer, isn’t worth it

“IT simply isn’t worth it.” A message to 18 and 19 year olds considering taking meth as a party drug.

Premier ‘closes door’ on festival pill testing

premium_icon Premier ‘closes door’ on festival pill testing

The NSW government has firmly “closed the door” on pill testing - but has committed to changes designed to increase safety at music festivals.

Report reignites pill testing debate

premium_icon Report reignites pill testing debate

A new report on a pill-testing trial at a music festival earlier this year has delivered some surprising results.

Peppa Pig drug bust nets 9kg of MDMA

premium_icon Peppa Pig drug bust nets 9kg of MDMA

A bag emblazoned with popular children’s cartoon character Peppa Pig was full of drugs as police arrested six men as part of a major drugs operation.

Challenges doctors face when treating drug patients

premium_icon Challenges doctors face when treating drug patients

A TOOWOOMBA doctor has spoken of the challenges medical professionals face when treating patients impacted by drugs.

'Insidious problem': New offence for mum caught dealing meth

premium_icon 'Insidious problem': New offence for mum caught dealing meth

A mother who was caught driving with meth in her system just months after she was busted for dealing drugs, has been warned to get clean, for her child’s sake.

Drug takers told to ‘pull their head in’

Drug takers told to ‘pull their head in’

Just days after losing her 24-year-old son to a suspected drug overdose, Glenn Mcrae’s mum has some strong words for other young people.

MAP: Data reveals Toowoomba's drug hotspots

premium_icon MAP: Data reveals Toowoomba's drug hotspots

QUEENSLAND Police Service data has revealed Toowoomba's drug hotspots over the past year - and one suburb has surged above the rest. SEE THE FULL MAP HERE.

‘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.