Police Minister Wade Noonan has moved to block more than 1100 alcohol or drug affected drivers from mounting legal challenges to their penalties, after it was revealed that hundreds of police officers had performed the tests without authorisation.
hildren are risking their lives by taking part in a dangerous new social media craze called the paracetamol challenge, police have warned. The trend involves youngsters being dared to take "excessive amounts" of the painkiller on Facebook and Instagram.
The first study in the United States of Naltrexone's effect on methamphetamine users has found that this medication, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of alcoholism, is potentially a very promising treatment for methamphetamine addiction, UCLA researchers report.
Infection rates are set to hit three million, but drug use and unsafe sex - the main causes - are rife
Without substantial harm reduction initiatives, preventing the spread of HIV (and other blood borne viruses) will never be achieved. The lack of access to sterile injecting equipment significantly increases the risk to communities.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's Health and Food Safety Commissioner, said that the executive has no intention of submitting a new strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe, suggesting that the issue will be tackled as part of a broad range of "risk factors" affecting chronic diseases.
Economic growth and increasingly interlinked markets have allowed both methamphetamine and the chemicals used in its production to flow across the Pacific region.
Samuel Oakford on the ineffectiveness of drug policies that place too much emphasis on law enforcement. As former Vic Police Commissioner (now head of Australia's National Ice Taskforce) Ken Lay has said: 'we can't arrest our way out of this problem'.
Recent studies on drug treatment facilities in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic reveal a litany of abuse carried out in the name of rehabilitation, a practice that violates human rights and is sadly all to common in the region.
Sadly, such practice is common, not just in the Caribbean, but in many regions around the world. Shining a light on bad practice is essential to shift attitudes towards AOD treatment (and the people who participate in it) and create political and social support for evidence based treatment models and drug policy.
A social work researcher says more people are dying in rural areas from fentanyl overdoses than in the city.
Good to see more examples of evidence cutting through the hyperbole about methamphetamine use in regional/rural areas. Methamphetamine harms are real, and need to be addressed. They also need to be seen in perspective. Thanks to Lyndon Community for informing public debate.
The war on drugs is being lost, one incarcerated or dead young person at a time. Ana Hick was the latest victim, last Sunday. Ana's 19th birthday was a funeral. She was dead because she did what millions of kids before her did, and what millions more will do. She played Russian roulette with pills she bought from a criminal on the street. And she died because our drugs laws do not protect our children, or take into account human nature.
Nice piece by Brendan O'Connor on the need for greater focus on harm reduction to prevent overdoses and save lives.
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