A LEADING drug expert has slammed the State Government as cowards for scotching a Melbourne councils bid to trial pill-testing machines at popular venues and festivals.
Dr Caldicott gives Police Minister Neville an 'F' for the Andrews Govt's refusal to allow drug checking services to prevent overdose deaths at public events. See this related coverage on the similar response from the ACT Govt: http://sco.lt/9HVdpZ,http://sco.lt/7ybOb3.
It has been alleged some Perth drivers have been forced to complete long-haul runs without a mandatory break in a bid to cut down on delivery times.
Union highlights the role workplace pressures play in driving stimulant use in industries where workers are required to undertake long hours. It's important to remember that this doesn't only occur in the transport industry.
Sentencing laws for methamphetamine dealers have been labelled "insufficient" by WA's new attorney general after state prosecutors successfull
A continuation of the 'tough on drugs' rhetoric that was a major feature of the recent WA election campaign. See John Silvester's piece on the failings of this sort of policy approach: http://sco.lt/8no5IX.
The crime rate goes up because drug use continues to climb, yet we cling to a failed model like a drowning man to a sinking lifeboat.
John Silvester (the Age's longtime crime and policing commentator) highlights the enduring political appeal of 'tough on drugs' policy measures, in spite of their demonstrated ineffectiveness in reducing drug related harms within our communities. He calls for political leadership to refocus on investing in expanded treatment and harm reduction services (such as a MSIC), rather than simply pouring more resources into prisons and law enforcement. We hope our political leaders are listening.
BOORAN Reserve has turned into a putrid adolescent drinking park, neighbours say.
It's rare to see media attention being paid to inappropriate disposal of drug paraphenalia that is not about syringes. Discarded glass bottles pose a much greater threat to public safety in playgrounds and other public spaces all over Australia, but do not elicit the same visceral response to a single syringe.
Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.
Getting access to effective pain management is a major problem for anyone with a (documented) history of opioid dependence. Stigmatising treatment by health providers is the norm and any reporting of pain tends to be regarded as drug seeking behaviour.
HE shocked many across the world when he promised to kill 100,000 drug dealers within months of sweeping to power.
...not to mention illegal. How can it be that the president is not yet facing criminal charges for his repeated death threats, let alone his alleged direct involvement in extrajudicial killings? See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6gLJZJ.
The Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes, said two senior officers who are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs."
See today's related coverage of the first legal challenge (by widows and mothers of those executed) to abuses carried out by police under President Duterte's brutal policies: http://sco.lt/5YwAPh.
The launch of Operation Safenight over the weekend saw dozens of police officers swarm entertainment precincts in Melbourne's south.
Coverage of the weekend's sniffer dog action in Chapel St. Supt Green says, 'We're not here to arrest our way out of community problems', but this is all such 'crackdowns' offer. Such operations may prevent some use in particular locations, but will do little or nothing to address community-wide issues. We need more than this from our political leaders. We need sustained, evidence based responses, not quick, headline grabbing, methods that give the appearance of action being taken but do nothing to reduce use or potential harm.
A WOMAN whose overdose went viral last month said the negative publicity she received from it has actually given her a second chance at life.
It's great Ms Henry has started taking steps towards recovery, but there is abundant evidence demonstrating that piling stigma and shame on a person is not an effective strategy in getting them to seek help. While videos like this one generate lots of interest and may have some warning effect, they generally do more harm than good to those directly affected. The story also highlights the growing risks associated with synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl) becoming increasingly present in illicit drug supplies.
A prominent pill testing advocate has hit back at claims their proposal to provide the service at Canberra's upcoming Groovin The Moo music festival was not wel
David Caldicott argues that the ACT govt was provided with all the necessary detail to proceed with the festival pilot. Hopefully, it will not require more overdose deaths to generate sufficient political will to implement such measures.
Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns. The majority of these deaths will occur in China’s poorest and most vulnerable communities unless critical steps are taken to reduce China’s dependency on tobacco.
WHO release on the impacts of the tobacco industry in China: over one million deaths per year.
Philippine police are receiving cash for executing suspects, planting evidence at crime scenes and have blamed killings on vigilantes under the guise of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs", according to two senior officers.
See yesterday's coverage of this story (http://sco.lt/8GUj5N) and today's on President Duterte's latest demonstration of his apparent disregard for the rule of law (and basic human rights): http://sco.lt/8Y4yo5.
A graphic WA advertisement depicting alcohol spreading in the bloodstream causing cancer has been named the most powerful for making people cut back on their drinking.
Citing Cancer Council Victoria's Todd Harper on the organisation's plans to screen the add this year. See today's related post on the impact of US point of sale warnings on consumption by pregnant women: http://sco.lt/5JBQh7. Thanks to WA Police's Barry Newell for the link.
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