The use of illicit drugs should be dealt with like a medical condition rather than a crime, a grieving mother says. Adriana Buccianti's 34-year-old son Daniel died in 2012 after taking acid at the Rainbow Serpent Festival in Beaufort, Victoria.
A young woman who was placed in an induced coma after she was found unconscious at Sydney’s Stereosonic festival has been discharged from hospital.
Would pill-testing results have helped a pharmacist make an informed choice about using an illicit drug? You betcha. So can anyone else when they understand the results and their implications for potential risk of using the tested pill. It's one of the reasons pill-testing being done by people who are able to provide credible, immediate advice is so important.
Festival drug users are getting more creative with their smuggling techniques, saying they're more scared of getting caught with drugs by police than overdosing.
More evidence of the ineffectiveness of supply reduction measures (like sniffer dogs) in preventing illicit drug use when implemented in isolation and the role such measures can play in actually increasing risk. Also good to see here reference to people's own strategies for reducing potential harm, challenging the perception that anyone who uses illicits is simply being reckless and acting with no sense of potential risk.
A new report suggests that fear-based abstinence programs like D.A.R.E. might actually increase drug use among youth.
Perhaps our police forces should consider the findings of Open Society Foundations' new report on prevention programs (http://sco.lt/7xRrLF) when reflecting on their 'just say no' approach to illicit drug use at music festivals?
Revellers at Victorian music festivals would be allowed to test the make-up of drugs they're planning to take, if a campaign by a prominent emergency doctor succeeds.
David Caldicott on the need for targetted, evidence-based harm reduction measures to prevent overdoses at music festivals. See today's related coverage of the weekend's Stereosonic overdoses: http://sco.lt/6FdNhp.
An internationally renowned research agency is being snuffed out after 43 years, with almost no debate.
Another blow to evidence based policy in Australia? We have already seen major reductions in funding for peak bodies and key advisory groups in the AOD and other sectors under the Abbott Govt. On the surface, this move appears to extend the message that the Turnbull Govt doesn't value research and expert policy advice either.
Death sentences imposed on corrupt Vietnamese officials will now be commuted to life in prison if they pay back at least 75 percent of the illegal money they made. The online newspaper VnExpress said the new regulation was part of the revised Penal Code that an overwhelmingly majority...
...including 'drug possession' and 'drug appropriation'.
IT was the latest dance party to end in a drug-induced death ... but it could have been so much worse.
More on the Stereosonic overdoses. This latest incident highnights the need for targetted harm reduction measures, such as pill testing to help people make informed decisions about whether or not to consume a drug. Police simply telling people not to use, like any 'just say no' message, is not going to change behaviour. See today's related post on David Caldicott's push to introduce pill-testing at Victorian music festivals: http://sco.lt/4yw5tR.
ON Friday, Tony Mulder, a Legislative Council MP and former senior member of Tasmania Police articulated in the Talking Point pages the unfairness of the drink-driving law regime in this state. The other area of road safety regulation that is also grossly inequitable and offensive to the rule of law is the drug-driving regime.
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