Papers welcome a proposed nation-wide ban on public smoking, while urging officials to tackle pollution problems. China has sought public opinion on its plans to prohibit tobacco advertising and ban smoking in public places, the Xinhua News Agencyreports.
The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers.
The Victorian Greens announce their election commitment to reducing the harm of drug and alcohol abuse. The Greens approach to drug and alcohol abuse has always been one focused on practical, effective, evidence-based solutions for prevention, harm minimisation and treatment.
The Greens put prison-based NSPs on their policy agenda.
IT’S official. There’s a drug freely circulating on the Gold Coast during Schoolies week that medical researchers have deemed one-and-a-half times more dangerous than heroin and crack cocaine. It causes 3500 deaths each year in Australia alone and costs the national economy $15-30 billion annually.
A timely reminder of the impacts (and prevalence) of alcohol in our society.
As alcoholic liver disease rises, particularly in younger people, fewer than one in 10 college students said they would curb their drinking for the good of their health.
This comes as no great surprise. Expecting young people to change risky behaviour because of potential long-term harms is unlikely to be effective. As the study indicates, price is a more powerful lever to push on.
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!
It’s twice as common as type 1 diabetes. It kills more Australians than HIV. One in every 100 of us lives with hepatitis C, but the disease receives little attention. Worldwide, around 150 million people…
You might think that people who throw back five or more drinks in a single outing or who down 15 or more drinks in a week are likely to be alcoholics. But a new US study finds that the overwhelming majority of them are not.
Highlighting the importance of community level approaches to changing drinking behaviour.
Scouts have been forced to get a sharps bin after the grounds of their hut became a drug den.
Articles like this one pop up every so often. It's by no means the worst example, but this sort of coverage does little to promote an informed public understanding of the issues associated with public injecting. Here's an example of how we've responded to the last Victorian story we've seen: http://www.regen.org.au/media-releases/345-sunburyneedlestick