The crime rate goes up because drug use continues to climb, yet we cling to a failed model like a drowning man to a sinking lifeboat.
John Silvester (the Age's longtime crime and policing commentator) highlights the enduring political appeal of 'tough on drugs' policy measures, in spite of their demonstrated ineffectiveness in reducing drug related harms within our communities. He calls for political leadership to refocus on investing in expanded treatment and harm reduction services (such as a MSIC), rather than simply pouring more resources into prisons and law enforcement. We hope our political leaders are listening.
BOORAN Reserve has turned into a putrid adolescent drinking park, neighbours say.
It's rare to see media attention being paid to inappropriate disposal of drug paraphenalia that is not about syringes. Discarded glass bottles pose a much greater threat to public safety in playgrounds and other public spaces all over Australia, but do not elicit the same visceral response to a single syringe.
Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He'd been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction's spiral.
Getting access to effective pain management is a major problem for anyone with a (documented) history of opioid dependence. Stigmatising treatment by health providers is the norm and any reporting of pain tends to be regarded as drug seeking behaviour.
HE shocked many across the world when he promised to kill 100,000 drug dealers within months of sweeping to power.
...not to mention illegal. How can it be that the president is not yet facing criminal charges for his repeated death threats, let alone his alleged direct involvement in extrajudicial killings? See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/6gLJZJ.
The Philippine police have received cash payments for executing drug suspects, planted evidence at crime scenes and carried out most of the killings they have long blamed on vigilantes, said two senior officers who are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs."
See today's related coverage of the first legal challenge (by widows and mothers of those executed) to abuses carried out by police under President Duterte's brutal policies: http://sco.lt/5YwAPh.
(HealthDay)—More than twice as many pregnant 12- to 17-year-olds use marijuana as their nonpregnant peers, and significantly more use the drug than pregnant women in their 20s, according to a letter published online Apri
National Survey data suggests women are choosing to use cannabis to help cope with morning sickness in early pregnancy. Obviously, there are risks associated with this practice and implications for pre-natal service providers.
Just under a year ago, on May 26th, 2016, the Psychoactive Substances Act finally came into force after months of delays. Protests against the Act had come from all sides, with drug policy reform campaigners adamant that simply banning ‘legal highs’ would drive the trade underground and increase harm, pointing to similar legislation in the Republic of Ireland and Poland as evidence. The police, it was claimed, had voiced their own concerns about the enforceability of the Act, whilst scientists argued that its definition of ‘psychoactive’ made little sense, and would make prosecutions extremely difficult. Editorials and blogs from journalists
Deej Sullivan on the scale of negative impacts from the bill, that are much worse than even its critics had feared before its implementation. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/4mtodF.
Casey has declared it is “strongly” opposed to any proposed safe injecting rooms in the municipality.
Wow. There's so much misinformation here, it's hard to know where to start. In what pretty clearly appears to have been more of an opportunity to make a political statement than have any sort of considered debate of the evidence, it's interesting to note that neither Mayor Aziz, nor the other councillors who supported the motion, recognised the need to consider any evidence outside their own opinions. Here's hoping any future debate about the proposed Richmond MSIC (currently being considered by the Vic Parliament's Legal and Social Issues Committee) is more sensible. If you're interested, you can see our submission to the committee here: http://www.regen.org.au/images/stories/Advocacy/Vic_Parliamentary_Inquiry_Response_MSIC_v1.0.pdf.
There’s been a great deal of talk around what the press sometimes calls ‘shooting galleries’, but the preferred term is Safe Injection Facilities (SIF), or even Drug Consumption Room (DCR). In practice, these emplacements are life-saving sites, which are doing more than just helping those who may suffer from dependency to opioids such as heroin.
Jason Reed considers the current state of the UK AOD sector and the need for a greater focus on harm reduction, specifically supervised injecting facilities.
A prominent pill testing advocate has hit back at claims their proposal to provide the service at Canberra's upcoming Groovin The Moo music festival was not wel
David Caldicott argues that the ACT govt was provided with all the necessary detail to proceed with the festival pilot. Hopefully, it will not require more overdose deaths to generate sufficient political will to implement such measures.
Smoking-related diseases are on track to claim more than 200 million lives in China this century, a new joint WHO/UNDP report warns. The majority of these deaths will occur in China’s poorest and most vulnerable communities unless critical steps are taken to reduce China’s dependency on tobacco.
WHO release on the impacts of the tobacco industry in China: over one million deaths per year.
Philippine police are receiving cash for executing suspects, planting evidence at crime scenes and have blamed killings on vigilantes under the guise of President Rodrigo Duterte's "war on drugs", according to two senior officers.
See yesterday's coverage of this story (http://sco.lt/8GUj5N) and today's on President Duterte's latest demonstration of his apparent disregard for the rule of law (and basic human rights): http://sco.lt/8Y4yo5.
A graphic WA advertisement depicting alcohol spreading in the bloodstream causing cancer has been named the most powerful for making people cut back on their drinking.
Citing Cancer Council Victoria's Todd Harper on the organisation's plans to screen the add this year. See today's related post on the impact of US point of sale warnings on consumption by pregnant women: http://sco.lt/5JBQh7. Thanks to WA Police's Barry Newell for the link.
Amid the nation’s escalating opioid-addiction crisis, some of the country’s top substance-abuse experts and a handful of insurance-company executives are uniting to try to force some standards on the fragmented and erratically regulated field.
These damning findings on the quality and consistency of care in the US treatment system highlight the need for treatment services to provide evidence based treatment (like pharmacotherapy). You'll have to sign in to read the full article, but you can see the (5min) video.
A group of mothers and widows have filed cases against policemen believed to be behind the killings their sons and husbands. The court cases were the first legal challenges to the massive anti-drug campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte that is sweeping the country since he assumed office in June 2016.
The first legal challenge to the human rights abuses carried out under President Duterte's brutal drug policies. Given the President's previous history of targetting his critics, to take this sort of action requires tremendous courage.
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