As an invited attendee of 1999 Drug Summit in the search for solutions to our drug problem, I was amazed by the emotion and rhetoric which carried many motions through the meetings held in the NSW Parliament. In my opinion, much of what was said was well-meaning but dangerously simplistic and out of desperation seeking immediate answers. Ignorance of the pharmacology of illicit drugs and their associated history was apparent. International successes against reducing illicit drugs were practically ignored along with comparative data in relation to Australia and the rest of the world. In the meantime illicit drug use spirals out of control in Australia as our policies are now tragically an acknowledged failure except by some influential individuals who would have us believe that Australia is a leader in the world and the envy of most.