Lack of support for underage users of 'ice' was the main concern raised at a forum about the drug in Port Augusta last night.
Nicole Lee spoke at this forum too, but doesn't get a mention here. While 'just say no' may have received a standing ovation, preventing use and responding to the harms being experienced in communities like Port Augusta is much more complicated. It's understandable that families are looking for simple solutions, but it's important to remember that alcohol and other drug use doesn't occur in isolation, but as part of a range of complex and interrelated issues. Dealing with a complex issue requires a holistic and multi-layered approach. This has been recognised by the National Ice Taskforce: http://sco.lt/7WH48f.
Some young people are choosing to use the drug ice over alcohol at parties because it is cheaper and more readily available, a Senate inquiry has heard.
Citing Alison Ritter on NDARC's anecdotal reports of emerging patterns of methamphetamine use. The substitution of alcohol with ilicits is not a new phenomenon. Venue owners have been faced with declining revenue from alcohol sales for some time due to pre-loading at home and consumption of cheaper illicit drugs in venues.
Every addiction is characterized by a strong desire for a certain addictive substance, be it nicotine, alcohol or other drug. Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland recently conducted a study on heroin addiction and demonstrated that the stress hormone cortisol can reduce addictive cravings. The findings from the research have been published in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry.
The study targetted people undergoing Heroin-Assisted Treatment (HAT). Eligibility criteria for HAT usually stipulate that no other treatment measure is effective, so achieving positive results with this cohort is a significant outcome.
THE movement to legalise marijuana has been gaining significant momentum and the United Kingdom is set to be the next big battle ground for advocates.
The size of the response to the petition means that a debate is likely. The outcome of that debate is still difficult to predict. The article also provides a quick summary of Aus policy movements on cannabis, including the likely recommendation for a medical cannabis regulator.
If I'm being perfectly honest, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin would not be my favourite politician.
Interesting to see Melbourne getting a mention in this story. Unfortunately, its as an example of the typically uninformed arguments that get raised in opposition to evidence based harm reduction measures. Our position statement (and supporting evidence) on the establishment of a MSIC in Melbourne is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
PROFESSOR Nicholas Lintzeris wants to talk about ice. And it is not because the head of drug and alcohol services at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District thinks it’s the biggest issue facing Australia, rather it’s not even close.
Good to see another example of coverage that challenges the usual 'epidemic' assumptions. We're loving Nick Lintzeris' 'Einstein' look ;)
SO it turns out you don’t have to want to quit smoking in order to help kick the habit, you just have to relax.
Yep, that's meditation, not medication. We run mindfulness sessions in our programs and participants consistently report its effectiveness in dealing with cravings and reducing their use of tobacco (and other drugs).
IT has never before been more dangerous to be a frontline police officer.
It's a screaming headline for yesterday's Herald Sun editorial, but the content is reasonably restrained and succeeds in avoiding the usual 'epidemic' language and keeping the issue in perspective. Changes proceeds-of-crime legislation may help reduce some of the supply of methamphetamine, but will not address the reasons why people are choosing to use the drug in the first place. The states are starting to implement their own responses with increased funding for treatment and support services. We wait to see what action the Federal Government will take later this year when its national Ice action plan is released. The National Ice Taskforce report isn't yet available, but you can see the key areas it has raised with COAG attendees last week: http://sco.lt/7WH48f.
But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.
Interesting to note this inclusion towards the end of the article: 'But crime had gone down as ice addicts are more likely to be employed and able to afford it at a cost of up to $50 a hit — at least at first.' Our submission to the Senate Joint Committee here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
FOR three days Michael Clayton complained of a sore butt muscle from intensive gym training.
Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid and carries a significant overdose risk if not used correctly. There may not have been many related overdoses in Qld, but it has been an issue elsewhere in Australia (http://sco.lt/6owTRJ,http://sco.lt/7lP7gH) and overseas (http://sco.lt/6w16v3, http://sco.lt/5k95yD)The last part of this article cites claims fentanyl use is an issue amongst body builders. Seems that there's a need for some targetted harm reduction work within this community.
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