Leading drug experts have called for more money to be spent on treatment and prevention to tackle illicit drug use.
More coverage of Alex Wodak and Matthew Frei's MJA article, highlighting the need for a greater focus on harm reduction. See the article (http://sco.lt/9IqPLt) and yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/8HLC1x.
Everything from cocaine to heroin is being cut with fentanyl.
Highlighting the overdose risks associated with the prevalence of fentanyl in Canada. Cheap and relative easy to synthesise, it is reportedly being sold as a wide variety of drugs (not only heroin), leading to a significant increase in overdose fatalities amongst those who do not inject. See also our recent post on increasing US overdose deaths amongst people who use cocaine: http://sco.lt/5Zmq93.
The US Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer has said, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.
More signs of turbulence ahead for US drug policy.
VICTORIAN drug treatment services have received less than $10 million to battle the ice epidemic, more than a year after the federal government launched its $300 million action plan.
VAADA's Sam Biondo calls out the the shortfalls in PHN finding ongoing uncertainty of Federal funding for AOD treatment programs. Reportedly, Minister Hunt will announce a funding extension this week. See our piece on the impacts of the lack of long-term service funding on the capacity of treatment providers: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/regen-in-the-media/588-opinion-drug-treatment-services-need-funding-certainty-09-04-15. It is disappointing to say the least that there have been no significant improvements in this area since we wrote it two years ago. Thanks to VAADA for making the text of this article available.
Law change could force more drug addicts into rehab, but will centres be able to cope?
One question about this measure is sector capacity to cope with increased demand. The other is the effectiveness of forced treatment. Just what impact this legislation will have will depend largely on the detail of how it is implemented (little of which is available here). FYI, you can see our submission to the 2015 review of Victoria's Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/2015_NDS_consultation_v2.0.pdf.
To those who work in the health system, ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) is but one problem among many and pales into the background of the prevailing problems of addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs.
Ian Webster considers the recent controversy around the ABC 'Ice Wars' series as an example of the distorted presentation of AOD concerns in mainstream media and its impact on public opinion and public policy.
Smokers no longer derive a sense of identity from cigarette brands after plain packaging rule was introduced in Australia, helping them to kick the habit
Citing new Aus research on the impacts of plain packaging on smoking rates: 'between 2010 and 2013, the proportion of daily smokers in Australia dropped from 15.1 to 12.8 per cent – a record decline. The number of calls to quit helplines also increased by 78 per cent after the policy change.'
Emily Lyon, a 17-year old girl who died at the London O2 Arena last year, had collapsed from an ecstasy overdose, the inquest heard last week. She had taken a quarter of a gram on the way to the venue, and then a further quarter whilst standing in the queue, after seeing sniffer dogs and fearing they would discover the illegal drugs on her person. After complaining of feeling unwell and overheating, she was rushed to hospital and died around three hours later. A fellow Esher College student, who supplied Emily and her friends with the pills, was arrested the next
Reflecting similar concerns about their use in Aus.
The plan, which is supported by the Royal College of Midwives, is part of a wider drive to discourage cigarettes at hospitals
The effectiveness of such a measure will depend on how it is implemented. While it is a positive move to increase awareness of the impacts of smoking during pregnancy and support women to quit or reduce their consumption, a draconian approach will only make women less likely to seek support and access health services.
A safe injecting room for heroin users should be trialled in Richmond to help curb drug deaths, the departing head of the Police Association has said.
Yet another example of the 'former...' speaking out in support of evidence based drug policy. Here's hoping our current members of Parliament can finally get behind a MSIC when the announced inquiry reports back in September.
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