The state government has announced an independent review of its controversial "lockout" laws that will be "genuine and transparent".
Are Sydney's lockouts destined for a similar fate to the equally unpopular MSIC? It was kept in 'trial' phase for over 10 years and subject to unprecedented reviews (which consistently demonstrated its effectiveness) before finally being given secure funding and political commitment. See today's related post on the evidence supporting the Qld lockouts: http://sco.lt/7va59V.
In the past 24 hours, Premier Mike Baird has celebrated the drop in assaults and hospital admissions brought about by NSW Government lockout laws, while ...
These are not comprehensive arguments (on either side), but two people's opinions. Interesting to note the 'for' opinion refers to the need for diversification of the night time economy away from an alcohol-focussed monoculture. This is an issue that hasn't had much attention in the public debate so far. See today's related post on the fate of the proposed Qld lockouts: http://sco.lt/4sln3B.
Ben Oakley was a triathlon-fit teenager when he was struck down with a rare illness that left him wheelchair bound.
Following this week's changes to medical cannabis legislation, it remains to be see what future changes will emerge within Australian drug policy. See today's related post by Gino Vumbaca: http://sco.lt/9IghZR.
One participant of a groundbreaking Vancouver health experiment tells his story.
A nice example of the potential impacts of prescription heroin (also known as Heroin Assisted Therapy), which has been shown to provide an effective response for the small proportion of people for whom other forms of treatment are ineffective. Interestingly, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle recently said that he would support the establishment of HAT in the city, but not a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.
The parents of one-punch victim Thomas Kelly have returned to the Sydney hospital where their 18-year-old son died to join emergency staff arguing to keep and even expand the state's controversial lockout laws.
Doctors suggest opponents of the lockouts would change their mind if they had to confront the direct impacts of alcohol related violence.
Generations of Aboriginal families are being hurt by ice addiction and the federal Closing the Gap strategy will fail unless it deals with the impact the drug is having across Australia, a peak drug advisory group has warned.
Citing ADAC's Scott Wilson on the impacts of methamphetamine use on Aboriginal communities. You can see the Closing the Gap report here: http://sco.lt/6cQkID.
MELBOURNE was one of the first cities in Australia to adopt the controversial lockout laws that have seen Sydney labelled a nanny state, but they were so unpopular the Victorian Government quietly dropped them months later.
Citing Peter Miller and FARE's Michael Thorn on just how poorly the 2008 Melbourne lockouts were implemented. A salient lesson in how not to do it.
Lesley Brydon knows more about Australias health system than anyone should.
Sean Parnell looks at some of the challenges in pain management, our over use of opioids and proposed restrictions on codeine access in Australia. See coverage of the Lancet article here: http://sco.lt/5bl9u5.
The current political and community discussion on prisons appears to be quite logical. Too many prisoners means building more prisons. The problem is that it doesn't solve the problem and doesn't improve community safety. In fact it achieves very little of what people think it will achieve.
Harm Reduction Australia's Gino Vumbaca calls for justice reinvestment, drug law reform and investment in treatment services.
This week, the Turnbull government tabled legislation that will allow farmers to grow cannabis for medical use, and allow businesses to manufacture cannabidiol – a potentially effective painkiller – from those plants. If passed, the draft laws will ensure these suppliers meet strict licensing requirements and minimise the risk of the plants being used or sold unlawfully. In effect, the legislation will establish a regulated national market for a drug that has shown some promise in relieving chronic pain, and might also help suppress epileptic seizures and psychotic episodes.
Why can’t we just make people go to addiction treatment? This is a question some may be asking in light of recent overdose deaths and other drug-related problems in Victoria. Is forcing people to get help an effective response to the problems caused by addiction? It turns out the evidence is murky—and the research may not even be asking the right questions.
Karen Urbanoski reviews the evidence and calls for a greater focus on the social determinants of health and systemic policy change.
In both Australia and England, there have been challenges to established ways of treating people who have problems with drugs. Treatment, it has been claimed, does not do enough to help people ‘recover’ from drug dependence. In both countries, people who run the treatment system have had to respond to this challenge. In England, this has involved ‘absorption’.
Alex Stevens highlights some of the concerns with the UK approach, including increased risk of death for people being persuaded to come off pharmacotherapies before they are ready. FYI, our updated Recovery Oriented Practice position statement is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
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