Matt Barries widely circulated essay, Would The Last Person in Sydney Please Turn The Lights Out, published by various news outlets this week, claims that the new lockout laws have caused businesses to close and customers to disappear in Sydneys late-night district.
Head of Emergency Medicine at St Vincents (& recently Senior Australian of the Year) Gordian Fulde's response to Matt Barrie's rant against the impact of lockout laws on Sydney's nightlife. You can see an edited version of it here: http://sco.lt/8ESYpF.
England's chief medical officer says people must take personal responsibility for their drinking and consider cancer risks with each glass.
Dame Sally said: "I would like people to make their choice knowing the issues and do as I do when I reach for my glass of wine and think, 'Do I want my glass of wine or do I want to raise my risk of breast cancer?'. And I take a decision each time I have a glass."
Australians have quadrupled their use of painkillers such as codeine and morphine for cancer and other chronic illnesses over a decade, a study says.
Lancet article finds global growth in demand for opioids being driven by wealthy contries. See this week's related post on the potential complications associated with the TGA proposal to make codeine only available by prescription: http://sco.lt/9ID0Dp.
The LNP are still yet to commit to a position regarding the government's alcohol fuelled violence laws, stating it is waiting to be convinced by evidence, but could not say what that evidence would be.
RANDOM roadside drug testing in the ACT has cost taxpayers about $915,000 in the past 15 months and identified just 45 positive results - the equivalent of more than $20,000 for each potentially intoxicated driver, according to ACT Policing figures.
Ewa Kretowicz considers the economics of roadside testing in the ACT.
How has new legislation affected marijuana use in the United States? The best available data suggest that marijuana use is increasing in adults but not teens, with a decrease in marijuana-related arrests but an increase in treatment admissions, according to an update in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
Interesting initial findings. Good to see that the change in policy appears to be contributing to improving treatment access.
IT’S the drug nicknamed “Drop Dead” because just a few grains of the pure product can kill you.
Another example of the misuse of 'epidemic' and a pretty salacious article, but concern about fentanyl related overdoses is very real. We've seen it here, but it seems to be a particular issue in the States and Canada: http://sco.lt/5QjHOL.
OTTAWA — Some of Canada's biggest producers of medical marijuana want Ottawa to implement advertising regulations similar to those that govern the sale of alcohol, as they await the Liberal government's long-promised legal recreational market.
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