IN what the Victorian government has described as an Australian first, it will pay financial incentives to a private prison operator if it can reduce the rate of reoffending.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Greater access to therapeutic programs in our prisons is a good thing, but if there is no corresponding focus on the social drivers behind offending (accommodation, employment, health & family support services...), then their effectiveness will be undermined. Disclaimer: ReGen provides AOD programs at Melbourne's private Port Phillip Prison.
Rehabilitation and drug experts from across the ACT are warning that more Canberrans are seeking treatment for dependence on ice or crystal methamphetamine as the purity and strength of the drug increases.
Individuals who engage in both the use and selling of illicit narcotics are an often overlooked group in the harm reduction narrative.
Highlighting the need for AOD services to expand the potential reach of their programs. The great majority of people experiencing AOD related harms do not walk through the doors of a harm reduction or treatment service.
We get four different perspectives on the ice epidemic from those directly affected.
Once you get past the headline, it's not a bad article. Good to see Chris Middendorp challenging some of the sterotypes about methamphetamine use and violence. It's very important to remember that a service's physical enviornment and how you treat people has a large impact on their behaviour.
PARAMEDICS have a higher fatality rate than any other occupation in Australia.
Anecdotally, we've heard that increasing concern amongst paramedics about risk of violence is changing the tradition of not attending overdose calls with police. If this becomes the norm, people will be less likely to call for help. All the more reason for getting naloxone into as many hands as possible.
A CAULFIELD North children’s charity is blaming the ice epidemic for growing numbers of abandoned children.
Shocking headline, but good to see support for Mirabel's work. It's easy to stereotype parents who use AOD, but the reality is usually a bit more complicated. Here's what we've had to say on the subject previously: http://sco.lt/9J80n3
Countries race to identify and ban new substances even though this is expensive and ultimately futile. As soon as one new psychoactive substance is banned, the next appears. While demand for psychoactive substances remains strong, there will always be a supply. Globalisation, the internet and social media have increased the already considerable difficulty of interrupting supply of these drugs in the face of continuing strong demand. But the development of these new psychoactive drugs is a direct consequence of the prohibition of other drugs.
DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia's major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration
On the next phase of the alcohol industry's marketing campaign to promote 'responsible' drinking. For more on the relative merits of industry campaigns, see yesterday's #PHAA2014 proceedings on Twitter.
THE NSW Government will sponsor a clinical trial of marijuana for those suffering terminal illnesses, and formalise a protocol which allows police to a blind eye to its use by patients in their last days of life.
University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers are asking the medical community to consider its own role in the rise in prescription opioid abuse, calling for more research on iatrogenic addiction (addiction resulting from medical treatment) and changes in the way medical providers are educated about pain management.
Yep, time for a look in the prescribing practices mirror.