ICE addicts could be docked welfare benefits or forced into rehab under a plan being considered by the Abbott government.
This article is behind the NewsCorp paywall, but the teaser says it all. It's starting to look like the PM is planning to ignore the recommendations of his own National Ice Taskforce and outsource Australian drug policy to Jacquie Lambie and Andrew Forrest.
AFTER days of stories on how ice is gripping the nation, today we ask readers to join us in a live blog to discuss the epidemic.
Let's see what the impact of NewsCorp's week of dubious methamphetamine coverage has been on its readership. We're tipping that there will be strong support for today's 'cut benefits and forced treatment' proposal: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.
When deep web drug markets go offline, the fallout tends to be explosive. It could be a high-profile police raid sowing fear throughout the community, or a sudden disappearance that has short-changed drug dealers and customers calling scam. Not so with Agora.
The article also cites Agora consumer feedback praising it's approach.
EACH Saturday and Wednesday morning, ice addicts from all over Australia arrive at the door of Dr George O’Neil’s Fresh Start clinic in Perth. He is their last hope.
For the record, we don't endorse the use of naltrexone implants. They are a long way from being the silver bullet they are often claimed to be. They can work well for some people (when combined with a high level of motivation and complementary treatment), but there are too many risks associated with their use. See Greg Fleet's recent account of how ineffective his implant was in overcoming his AOD dependence: http://sco.lt/9AxxYX.
A heroin user who overdosed and was then "abandoned" by a father and his daughter who had supplied the drug suffered serious injuries after being found unconscious in a car left in temperatures up to 45 degrees, a Melbourne court has heard.
We don't usually post court reporting. The story for us here isn't the charges against the Montagues, but the clear message of how important it is to respond quickly to overdose. Easily administered naloxone (or even a call to paramedics) could have prevented the permanent injuries to the woman concerned. If you see someone you think may be overdosing, seek if they're ok. You could be saving their life.
Researchers in B.C. are working to study the effects of a long-lasting “sheet of armour” for those addicted to opiates — medication that completely blocks opiate receptors so users won’t be able to get high even if they used drugs in the middle of treatment.
For the record, we don't endorse the use of naltrexone implants. They can work well for some people (when combined with a high level of motivation and complementary treatment), but there are too many risks associated with their use. As with any pharmacotherapy, the key to sustainable change is the development of relapse prevention skills and other supports. See Greg Fleet's recent account of how ineffective his 'sheet of armour' was in overcoming his AOD dependence: http://sco.lt/9AxxYX.
Drug users leaving methadone treatment have an almost four-fold increased risk of dying, a major study has found. Researchers have called for users to be encouraged to stay in treatment and offered post-treatment supervision in a bid to tackle the death toll.
Cormac O'Keeffe highlights the significant risks for people coming off pharmacotherapies without sufficient ongoing support. The article doesn't cover what the reasons for people stopping methadone treatment might be.
Less than 24 hours after the body of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich was discovered, Mildura police met with a visiting delegation from the Police Association to discuss their burgeoning workload.
Local police cite three causes of harm within their community: family violence, methamphetamine use and mental health issues. It's also important to note that there's currently no evidence that methamphetamine use was a factor in the toddler's death.
In response to the growing opioid crisis, several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have granted pharmacists the authority to provide naloxone rescue kits without a prescription to at-risk patients. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN) education and distribution is one of the public health strategies currently being evaluated at hundreds of pharmacies in both states to determine the impact on opioid overdose death rates.
Anything that increases the distribution of naloxone to people who are likely to encounter someone who has overdosed is going to be a positive step towards saving lives. Thanks to WHOS for the link.
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