Victorian prisoners were less likely to commit crime after their release last year, in an indication that rehabilitation programs could be having an impact.
What this data actually means is open to conjecture. Regardless of the actual cause(s), it's encouraging to see reoffending rates coming down and Corrections Minister Herbert recognising that: 'Not addressing the underlying causes of crime is a recipe for reoffending.'
This article was originally published on Leafly. An organic gardening company in Switzerland has managed to make high-CBD cannabis flower available to consumers by capping the THC content and registering the product with regulators as a tobacco substitute. The Fedora strain, cultivated by northern Swiss grower Bio Can, is advertised at 7.2 percent CBD and just … Continued
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.
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.
For teenagers, mixing energy drinks with alcohol is like taking cocaine, according to a new study.
The headline is overblown and it's important to recognise that this is a study on mice, not humans, but, it's worth considering the potential impacts on adolescent brain development (and long term consequences) of such patterns of AOD consumption.
The decriminalisation of recreational cannabis use in California could be a milestone towards ending the drug’s prohibition nationally, it has been suggested. Alongside the presidential election, California will vote over whether to make recreational marijuana use legal on 8 November.
The California referendum promises to be a tipping point in national cannabis policy.
People who inject drugs support the use of new, safer ‘low dead space’ syringes, NIHR-funded researchers from the University of Bristol have found. Research suggests that these low dead space syringes could reduce the chance of spreading infections among people who inject drugs, if syringes are re-used or shared, so are a safer alternative to …
It's hardly breaking news that people who inject drugs are interested in harm reduction. However, it's always good to see research that provide quantifiable evidence to use in challenging the usual stereotypes and stigma associated with this group.
Close to three-quarters of American teenagers believe e-cigarettes are less harmful or addictive than real cigarettes, a new study finds.
Whether or not e-cigarettes are 'renormalising smoking', it's important to note that this study provides more evidence of young people taking on harm reduction information and acting to reduce potential risks associated with tobacco and alcohol consumption.
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.
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.
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