THE day Adriana Buccianti’s son died he was so disorientated he no longer knew who his mother was. It was a Saturday night and a clearly distressed Daniel, who was 34 years old, begged his mother to pick up him up from the Rainbow Serpent music festival, in Eastern Victoria, and take him home.
Drivers are returning positive drug tests 30 times more often than positive alcohol readings, prompting the state government to triple roadside drug tests and launch a state-wide blitz on drug driving.
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.
Sylvia Choi's death at Stereosonic's Sydney event has frustrated festival organisers, who say they're powerless to prevent the drug taking that's ruining the reputation of music festivals.
Good to see event organisers making this point. If you can't keep drugs out of prisons, you're never going to prevent them entering a music festival. While supply reduction will always be part of a balanced drug strategy, we need a greater focus on evidence based measures to reduce the potential harms to people who choose to use alcohol and other drugs. One such measure is drug checking: http://sco.lt/8Eieqv.
COMPASSION is the key to tackling Casey’s ice epidemic, says an addiction expert.
Dan Lubman highlights the impact of stigma on making it harder for people to seek help. Details of the Breakthrough program for family members affected by a loved one's methamphetamine use are here: http://www.turningpoint.org.au/education/breakthrough. Our South East Catalyst non-residential rehab program in Narre Warren is one of nine new programs funded as part of the Vic Govt's Ice Action Plan. See our website for more details: http://www.regen.org.au/catalyst.
IT'S been a drug-fuelled weekend at the Earthcore Music Festival in Victoria, with police arresting 22 people for drug offences.
See today's related post where event organisers make the obvious point that it's impossible to prevent drugs being used at festivals and the effect of this sort of media coverage in creating the perception that, if you go to festivals, you will be using drugs: http://sco.lt/5Jcnmj.
One of the country's most prominent pub landlords has tonight slammed the NSW government's pub lockout laws, saying they have completely destroyed the culture of Kings Cross and destroyed Sydney as a realistic and desirable choice for overseas tourism.
Live music venues with no history of alcohol related violence hoping for exemptions to the 1.30am lockouts: http://sco.lt/6uygML.
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'.
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