ECSTASY and cocaine have been found in five northern suburbs waterways, prompting scientists to warn that the drugs could cause “drastic” damage to fish and insects and put the area’s ecosystem at risk.
Think this is the first time we've seen consideration of environmental impacts in analysis of wastewater testing results.
Six months since the state government created a scheme allowing the terminally ill to possess marijuana, only a few dozen people have signed up, leading to charges it is dragging its feet on medical marijuana reform.
Is this about lack of promotion, lack of trust in promises that people will not face sanctions or something to do with the administrative barriers?
The Prime Minister would do well to take every opportunity to remind Australians that a culture based on blokes drinking to excess is not something about which we should be boast or a problem to be treated lightly.
The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday that there are 120 confirmed H.I.V. cases tied to a county that began a needle exchange program two weeks ago.
It's a shame on all concerned that it often has to take a public health crisis to overcome the usual opposition to evidence based harm reduction approaches. Hopefully, support for harm reduction will now continue in Indiana and spread to other states.
I was nine years old when my local state member was shot twice in the chest and left to die in the driveway of his suburban, red brick home.
Yes, the language is overblown, but the core points here are sound: there is community memory of the impacts of the 'heroin epidemic' in the 90s, methamphetamine dependence is not just affecting one social group and there is a need for genuine action. As public concern about heroin contributed to some genuine progress in Australia's adoption of evidence-based policy responses, hopefully we'll see some genuine progress from the national task force on methamphetamine.
The devices produce no smoke so there is none of the smell often associated with opiates and marijuana
As with any new technology or drug type, people are going to experiment. The emphasis for service providers should be on understanding the potential risks associated with new behaviours and providing people with practical, evidence-based information to reduce potential harms. See today's other post on increasing rates of e-cigarette use in the US: http://sco.lt/9B3yxF.
Emergency departments provide a promising venue to address opioid deaths with education on both overdose prevention and appropriate actions in a witnessed overdose. In addition, emergency departments have the potential to equip patients with nasal naloxone rescue kits as part of this effort.
DRINKERS are being urged to lobby Treasurer Joe Hockey to iron out alcohol taxes that hit spirit lovers for 70 per cent while beer drinkers pay as little as 33 per cent.
While the various alcohol industry representative groups seek to gain (or hold onto) competitive advantage through the tax system, we do appear to be slowly moving towards volumetric taxation of alcohol.
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