State Cabinet will meet on Monday to consider the future of the 1am lockout amid reports the contentious measure will be dumped or delayed.
Another reminder that drug policy is always a contested space, subject to change (good and bad). In spite of the evidence for the effectiveness of supply control measures such as lockouts and other trading restrictions in reducing alcohol related violence in public, they appear to be under serious threat in Qld and face an uncertain future under a new Premier in NSW. See today's related post that provides more detail on the measures considered by the Qld Govt: http://sco.lt/7L1Dxh.
After a spate of overdoses from a 'toxic' batch of ecstasy on Chapel street last weekend, and one death from an unidentified substance at a New Year's rave
A great piece by Sarah Gill highlighting the illogicality of much public drug policy, highlighting the importance of policies based on evidence, not moral judgements and the need for ongoing advocacy to increase public (& political) support for change.
Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste – an amount barely sufficient to economically support herself and her two young children for a few weeks. She didn’t kno
Kasia Malinowska highlights the impacts of global drug policies on women and the importance of Consumer Participation to improving policy and reducing the impacts of AOD use within our communities. See today's related post on NJ Gov Chris Christie listening to those directly affected by his states drug policies: http://sco.lt/5N7B9V.
Mike Vence left the sober living house where he's staying in Brick at 6:30 a.m., caught a bus, walked and got lost, but still arrived almost four hours early to meet Gov. Chris Christie Wednesday morning and tell him the state's 'ban the box' law isn't working.
Nice example of how listening to those directly affected can help improve drug policy frameworks. See yesterday's coverage of Gov Christie's proposed measures: http://sco.lt/8i6No9
IT’S called responsible service of alcohol and when it comes to supplying it to minors, supermarket giant ALDI and some bottle shops are leaving nothing to chance when enforcing it.
Adult shoppers refused service when their children touch the alcohol they seek to purchase. The 'nanny state' outrage aside, this story highlights some of the complications inherent in selling alcohol as groceries.
The New Jersey governor used his State of the State address to offer proposals that included limits on prescriptions and increases in treatment.
Proposed measures include forcing insurers to fund a minimum of six-months' treatment. If adopted more broadly, this could have a significant impact on the US treatment system, which has already been identified as vulnerable to greater corporatisation: http://sco.lt/6j4Ee9.
Indonesian authorities are sending mixed messages on the death penalty. The country abstained on a UN resolution for its abolition, and the president hinted at ending it, but some senior political figures are calling for the increased execution of drug offenders.
Niobe Osius considers the future of Indonesian drug policy.
Rose Brennan recently argued in the Daily Telegraph that support is growing in NSW for the establishment of additional Drug Consumption Rooms. She made it clear that this soaring support is not just coming from ‘the usual suspects’. Brennan attributed the increase in support to the ever-expanding growth in the drug market and the rise in drug-related problems. This article was remarkable in several respects.
Alex Wodak responds to last week's article and makes the urgent case for the establishment of new consumption rooms in Australia. FYI, AOD Media Watch is a collaborative project we're supporting to help improve the quality of AOD reporting in Australia. We'll be launching the project at next month's VAADA conference: http://conference.vaada.org.au/.
Victorian ambos sometimes use painkiller Fentanyl to deal with job stress - but the paramedics union denies 10 Geelong staff were sacked or disciplined due to the drug.
Paramedics are one of a (very) long list of professions with increased risk of problematic AOD use as a coping strategy for work related stress. As has been repeatedly seen with other health professionals, ready access to opioids is another risk factor. It's another reminder to employers of the importance of protecting workers' wellbeing and supporting early access to treatment and support services.
Cannabis use among older adults in the US is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new article published in The Gerontologist.
US data indicates that both recreational and medicinal use grew from 1% to 4% of people over 50 between 2010 & 2012.
Prohibition may be falling out of fashion in the West, but Singapore and its neighbours remain fierce advocates
In addition to the ongoing outrages in the Philippines, this article highlights some of the human rights abuses perpetrated by 'treatment' providers in the region and the stigmatising attitudes that underpin them.
Young people sometimes get a bad rap for being lazy, self-indulgent and off the rails.
'Australia's youngest political commentator' is at it again. Most of what is included here is a reasonable discussion of the recent NDARC research on the impacts of parental alcohol supply on young people's drinking (http://sco.lt/58FGUb). However, when he moves on to illicit drugs, he loses contact with any evidence. The legal status of illicit drugs is directly linked to the potential harm associated with their use. As a legal product, alcohol is regulated and subject to quality controls. Poisonings related to 'bootleg' alcohol show what happens when it isn't (http://sco.lt/6hqZRx,http://sco.lt/7DndRZ,http://sco.lt/6hqZRx). If illicit drugs were subject to similar controls, the harm associated with their use would be significantly reduced. You can see Mr Bond's other recent contribution to the national drug policy debate here: http://sco.lt/4rPgkz.
Churches and other faith-based organizations have increasingly voiced approval of syringe exchange programs, sometimes launching their own.
A nice example of a church operating from basic principles: you can't help someone if they're dead. In spite of all the inflammatory rhetoric around harm reduction measures like NSPs, this is what it comes down to: helping people stay alive.
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