A TEENAGER has died of a heart attack after inhaling nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.
Make that: nitrous oxide and alcohol. While it's important to recognise that there are risks associated with nitrous, it's perhaps more necessary to highlight the fact that poly drug use is a common factor in most overdose deaths.
What disturbs me the most is how quickly we now all move on. That is the cruellest thing about this product – it makes those who are not customers not give a damn about those who are.
A passionate piece by Barnaby Joyce on the impact of methamphetamine use within our communities and the stigmatisation of those affected. A summary of the National Ice Taskforce's initial areas for policy focus is available here: http://sco.lt/7WH48f.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will commemorate the fifth World Hepatitis Day next week with a global ?injection safety initiative campaign in three pilot countries together with the foundation arm of IKEA to combat the “silent epidemic” that kills more than 1.4 million each year.
16 billion injections a year, with up to 40% of them considered unsafe. The need for global harmreduction is pretty clear.
On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.
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THE daughter of a Western Australian MP has been fined $1200 for stealing money from her mother during a time she was addicted to ice.
There's a lot going on here, but the takeaway message is clear: if you or a loved one are struggling with the impacts of dependent AOD use, you don't have to do it alone. Ask for help. If you're in Victoria, you can call us on 1800 700 514.
SUICIDE rates are 66 per cent higher in the country than in Australian cities, while deaths from all causes in remote areas is 40 per cent higher. The data is contained in the inaugural Medical Research and Rural Health report, released by Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research on Tuesday.
Amidst the usual media coverage of regional, rural and remote communities 'devastated by Ice', it's important to remember that there are many factors that contribute to methamphetamine use within those communities. Problematic AOD use is only ever a part of the bigger picture.
The Baird government dropped its plan to limit drinks on Australia Day, Melbourne Cup, footy finals after complaints by the alcohol lobby before the March election. The Australian Hotels Association met with Premier Mike Baird.
Kirsty Needham provides more proof of alcohol industry influence over Australian drug policy.
WHEN eight-year-old Sally* gets home from school she changes out of her clothes and heads downstairs to play in the well-equipped playground-sized backyard outside the family’s homely two-bedroom unit.
Extended piece that highlights the benefits of family inclusive treatment services, in this case Odyssey House's residential rehabilitation program.
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