CRYSTAL meth is a significant problem, but some experts believe the stigma around it causes more damage than good.
Another good methamphetamine piece from the Star Observer, this time on the impact of stigma on people's capacity to seek help. See last week's related story: an honest, de-mythologising account of methamphetamine use and recovery: http://sco.lt/7OmQ6L.
Casinos on Native American land have poured billions into tribal economies since the late 1980s, lifting many people from poverty. Now, some hope, cultivating industrial hemp could do the same.
More on the US greenrush. While cannabis markets are being seen as a cash cow for govt and private businesses, it's worth remembering that Colorado's cannabis tax take has been less than originally projected.
Young women are now as likely to be drinkers as men and face similar levels of problem drinking and related harm, researchers say.
While we are drinking less overall, new NDARC data shows rates of alcohol consumption by men and women (particularly amongst those born after 1990) is now nearly equal. The article cites NDARC's Tim Slade, journalist Jill Stark and Odyssey House Victoria's Stefan Gruenert. See today's related post on Aus research into alcohol consumption by young people: http://sco.lt/8N4dPN.
Tough new drink-driving laws come into effect in Western Australia, with high-range offenders forced to install alcohol interlock devices in their cars to ensure they are sober before they start the engine.
The Victorian Govt has moved to enforce interlock installation for anyone convicted of drink driving: http://sco.lt/6TECXJ.
October 21st, 2016 Earlier this year, Maia Szalavitz, my fellow Influence columnist and an old comrade-in-arms, released her masterful book, Unbroken Brain, one that displays skills I only wish I had, and that I try to emulate. In it, she’s kind enough to praise my own Love and Addiction (1975, wit
Stanton Peele on the impact of the disease model on recovery and the capacity for sustainable changes after extended periods of dependent use.
DOLE recipients too high or drunk to turn up to job interviews will be stripped of a day’s payment under a no-nonsense Turnbull...
We haven't been able to find coverage of this latest move from the Federal Govt that isn't behind a paywall, but it's more evidence of its determination to further stigmatise people who use AOD to help justify future welfare cuts. This is something we warned about in our recent opinion piece: http://sco.lt/8oLcOn.
Following the cooperation of my state and territory counterparts, I am pleased to announce a new national plan to cut off the supply of chemicals and equipment used in clandestine laboratories that make ice and other dangerous drugs.
Minister Keenan announces a national approach to precursor chemicals.
ACE and Sheila* are a married couple who say they are tasked with killing drug users and drug dealers as part of the Philippine President’s war on drugs.
A depressing insight into the economics of President Duterte's brutal drug policy: this couple claim performing outsourced extrajudicial executions for cash is the only way to support their four children.
When Tony Hoang, a 34-year-old Vietnamese Australian pastor, was just 13, he joined a gang and began using and dealing on the streets of Cabramatta in Sydney's west. He was earning around $10,000 a week before he landed in jail at the age of 14. Upon his release he slipped back into the life he knew best. “I was a drug dealer for eight years. My best friend died when he was 16 years old. At 19, I was almost gunned down. "Things just went from bad to worse, and, by the age of 21, I had six friends dead."
Religion isn't for everyone but, for many people, a supportive community and sense of personal redemption are powerful supporters of recovery.
This is the first quantitative study of business manager encounters with drug use which suggests overdose recognition and naloxone training, combined with the operation of supervised injection facilities, could save lives.
58% of surveyed managers reported encountering drug use in workplace bathrooms. This highlights the role of work colleagues as potential first responders to overdose.
America's opioid drug epidemic has struck hard in Michigan. But now, a team from the University of Michigan is striking back at a key factor: opioid prescriptions for patients before and after surgery.
The program aims to half the amount of opioids prescribed and the number of people using them months after surgery.
Officials in Manila say data being used to support President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign is flawed. That affects how many people end up on dreaded hit lists.
As the saying goes, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. Inaccurate data is just one of the many flaws in President Duterte's justification of his brutal drug polices that have now resulted in the extrajudicial executions of nearly 4,000 people. More important than the figures he uses is the stigma and discrimination against people who use illicit drugs he relies on (and actively strengthens) to gain support for his methods. While he represents an extreme example (refusing to even acknowledge the basic rights of those targetted as citizens), there is a sliding scale for this sort of political rhetoric. Our previous post (http://sco.lt/9MSOHp) shows that the Federal Govt is starting to ramp up its own stigmatising rhetoric to justify its own 'crackdown', in this instance, on welfare payments.
A study by Monash University and Curtin University found that Australian teens are harming themselves with binge drinking.
It's an unhelpful headline, but the research cited here does related to today's related post on the continued narrowing in the gender differences in alcohol consumption amongst young people: http://sco.lt/7djDNZ.
A hotline that encouraged people to dob in their dealers received an average of three calls a day related to the supply and manufacturing of drugs in Canberra.
While such campaigns give the appearance of action being taken, in reality, they do little to prevent the supply of illicit drugs within our communities and less to target the higher levels of criminal organisations involved in their production and distribution.
More than 500 addicts have escaped from a drug rehabilitation centre in southern Vietnam.
Should read: '...escape from prison'. In Vietnam (and far too many countries around the world) 'rehabilitation' essentially means a work camp, with locked gates and armed guards. This is not treatment and should not be recognised as such.
With the latest spate of overdoses in Queensland fulfilling the predictions of many health experts in Australia of a summer of multiple overdoses of unknown substances, attention has inevitably turned again to the issue of "pill testing" or "drug checking", to inform drug users of the substances they're ingesting.
David Caldicott highlights the limitations of commercially available DIY kits and the need for the introduction of more reliable testing at festivals to help people make informed decisions about their drug use and prevent overdose deaths (such as that of Riki Stephens last week: http://sco.lt/65bMkj).
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