MEET Jessica*. She’s 25, has a degree from a good university and holds down a full-time job writing for a student training website.
We have mixed feelings about this one. On the surface, it's a pretty good example of non-sensational reporting that challenges the usual stereotypes (typefied by the 'Faces of Meth' campaign). However, it appears to be using identifiable photos of someone who reportedly attempted suicide recently and might (as a result of this article) be exposed to a variety of stressors.
A REPORT into drug use in Tasmania’s North-West says there is no ice epidemic in the region but better treatment services are needed as more existing drug users turn to crystal amphetamine as their stimulant of choice.
Highlighting the continuing disconnect between the best available research evidence and community perceptions of the extent of methamphetamine use.
The majority of stop-and-searches conducted by Police Scotland failed to recover any illegal items, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland. Nearly 85% of the 42,826 consensual searches carried out in August and September 2014 were unsuccessful.
DRUG dealers who sell a narcotic that kills their customer will face more jail time under a tough new offence to be introduced into State Parliament on Wednesday.
As with many drug policy measures, how this is implemented will be the key to determining the extent of unintended consequences. Dealing involves a very broad range of behaviours, from a friend selling some of their own supply to another friend, up to the industrial scale of organised crime networks. There are many links in the supply chain. Approaches like this one have the potential to target only the 'little fish', not those driving the illicit drug trade.
ESCALATING aggression and threats to staff are plaguing hospitals, according to new data seen by the Herald Sun.
While it's methamphetamines that grab the headlines, this article doesn't provide any statistical evidence that it is responsible for the rise in hospital violence. The more obvious culprit is alcohol, as mentioned yesterday at FARE Australia's #NAAPA launch. Check the tweets!
A bill to permit medical cannabis use in Australia is set for debate in Senate. If medical cannabis use is legalised, doctors could become gatekeepers between patients and a controversial drug. Lessons…
Ontario students between grades 9 and 12 who said they had a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime, also reported drug use rates two to four times higher than peers with no history of TBI, according to research published today in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
...plus a wide range of illicits and non-prescribed medications.
University of Tasmania School of Psychology (Faculty of Health) researcher Dr Amy Peacock has presented her latest research on mixing alcohol and energy drinks at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs in Adelaide.
Some (very) late-breaking coverage from the APSAD conference.
It's time to look critically at how we deal with illicit drugs. If we continue to exaggerate the impact of superficially tough and expensive responses, it will only ensure continued failure.
By Nicholas Cowdery and Alex Wodak on the ineffectiveness of focussing resources on detecting individual use, at music festivals and elsewhere. See today's related post on stop and search effectiveness in Scotland: http://sco.lt/6J6s2z
Diseases linked to smoking tobacco, a lack of exercise, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthily are on the rise, even though we have more information than ever before on the risks involved. All indications…
ACT Government considers union compromise on needle exchange at Alexander Maconochie Centre.
This appears to be a positive development. The main obstacle to the NSP pilot being implemented appeared to be it's use as a bargaining chip in the EBA negotiations. Now that it's off the table, we would hope that it can now be implemented without further controversy.