AT the age of 37, Steve Kilbey found himself at a crossroads. He’d become a pop star fronting the Church, a band whose song Under the Milky Way, the lead single from their fifth album, Starfish, became a worldwide hit in 1988. He’d made quite a lot of money: he had a house and a recording studio in Sydney, a couple of cars, a load of instruments and some cash to spare. He wasn’t filthy rich, but he was certainly very comfortable.
Nice piece by Andrew McMillen, an excerpt from his larger work looking at drug use in the Aus music scene.
MOGADISHU, Aug 26 (Reuters) - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.
The Napthine government will overhaul the law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis.
Health Minister David Davis will announce an advisory committee, made up of medical and regulatory experts, that will also work through the complex issues to allow a trial examining the use of cannabis compounds in treating or relieving symptoms for a range of illnesses and conditions.
Premier Campbell Newman said he was "very confident" that the other states will soon be looking to the "Queensland model" to address their alcohol and drug fuelled violence problems, saying he didn't believe other jurisdictions went far enough in addressing the issue.
So, that's an emphatic no to pricing and lockouts, two policy approaches that have plenty of evidence behind them.
PATIENTS on unsupervised leave from Victoria’s secure mental hospital are smuggling alcohol and drugs back inside, staff believe.
No prison or secure facility is watertight. Where there is a demand for drugs, some will always get in. One issue not raised here is the likely pressure (from other patients) people going on leave may be under to bring drugs back with them.
PUTTING more police on the beat won't fix Victoria's growing problem with family violence and the drug ice, the state's police chief says.
Good to see Commissioner Lay recognising that we need more than an a 'law and order' policy response to problems associated with the use of methamphetamines. Earlier interventions (including treatment) are the key. We hope our politicians are listening.
In Guatemala, behind barred and locked doors, thousands of drug addicts are offered treatment by Protestant churches. Christianity offers salvation for some but many are held against their will, and some are swept off the street by "hunting" parties.
Not good practice, obviously. But this approach is not only practised in Guatemala. We see too many stories of similar 'treatment' from around the world. It highlights the importance of improving public understanding of AOD dependence, treatment and recovery, and of recognising people's basic human rights.