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.
decriminalize drug possession; grant immediate exemptions to all organizations that want to run supervised drug injection sites; increase funding for harm reduction resources and services; expand access to what it calls opioid substitution therapy, which involves supplying drug users with a replacement drug as part of treatment for addiction.
Marchers ask for more action from political leaders, including:
decriminalize drug possession;
grant immediate exemptions to all organizations that want to run supervised drug injection sites;
increase funding for harm reduction resources and services;
expand access to what it calls opioid substitution therapy, which involves supplying drug users with a replacement drug as part of treatment for addiction.
Ottawa's first supervised injection site could include a machine that instantly checks street drugs for deadly hidden substances, such as fentanyl. Lynne Leonard, an assistant professor and research scientist at the University of Ottawa, has submitted a research funding proposal to th
More evidence of how far ahead of Australia Canada is in harm reduction. See today's related post on the naming of Edmonton's first four safe injecting sites: http://sco.lt/5lvILh.
Premier Daniel Andrews' refusal to consider trialling a safe injecting room smacks of cowardice.
A great selection of letters in today's Age in support of a MSIC in Richmond (and elsewhere). See today's related post on the positive outcomes from yesterday's parliamentary debate: http://sco.lt/7uxiZV.
The very fact drugs were illegal drew me to them. Then discovering new states of mind together with my friends created a special bond between us. We had a naughty secret that others would never understand.
The first of three installments, this is a great example of the value of people sharing their own experiences to challenge the usual stereotypes and assumptions that underpin public attitudes towards people who use drugs.
ONE of the top advocates for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuks controversial lockout laws says there is no evidence supporting the claim young women would be separated from their friends if the plan was implemented.
Jake Najman accuses the alcohol industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against Qld Govt alcohol measures. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/7YObjN.
THE Federal Governments decision to clear the way for access to medicinal cannabis is a welcome development. For too long, people with chronic conditions who might benefit from the drug and those in palliative care have been waiting for legislators to catch up with the weight of public opinion. In the meantime, they have either had to forgo the option of a drug which would ease their condition or run the risk involved in obtaining a supply through illicit sources.
Today's Mercury editorial calls on the Tas Govt to implement the medicinal cannabis trial it announced in April last year.
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.
Many people receiving the most common medication to treat opioid addiction are being prescribed opioid painkillers at the same time, a surprising finding that helps explain why even the most effective substance-abuse therapies don't work nearly as well as experts say they should. - Don Sapatkin, Philadelphia Inquirer
The US study also found that people prescribed buprenorphine were ceasing treatment after only two months, well before the greatest benefits of the pharmacotherapy are experienced.
A former war correspondent arrested in Bali for allegedly possessing hashish has revealed his former employer has agreed to pay for his PTSD treatment when he i
The story here is not Mr Fox or who is paying for his treatment, but the role trauma plays in contributing to AOD dependence. Self-medication to cope with trauma, mental health and other issues is a common factor for many of the people we work with.
The Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton’s recent claim that it’s not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly” is, at best, misinformed. These tests have been taking place successfully in Europe for more than a decade.
David Caldicott responds to recent claims in media coverage that onsite drug checking services are not effective in reducing harm. It's the latest post for the AOD Media Watch project.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the decision to remove the 1am lockout was made after extensive consultation.
Alcohol industry resistance to the new Qld measures continues. See today's related post where Prof Jake Najman accuses the industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against the govt's measures to reduce alcohol related violence: http://sco.lt/6Wff1t.
A parent tells me about watching helplessly as their infant daughter suffers, a frightened look on her face before her whole body stiffens and face turns purple. This process repeats again and again, day and night, every day. With each day, their daughter seems to lose her spark and her personality as brain development slows.
John Lawson (who heads the medicinal cannabis trial at Sydney Children's Hospital) describes some of the current challenges and limitations on our understanding of the risks and benefits of using cannabis products on children.
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