A spike in drunken visits to Canberra’s two emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals
While the immediate harms associated with alcohol spike around Christmas and New Year, we typically start to see the longer-term impacts from late January, as people who have relapsed or experienced significant harms start seeking treatment following what, for many, is a very difficult time of year.
The central aim of Swedish drug policy is to create a drug-free society. To achieve this aim, the country has adopted a punitive, enforcement-led approach to drugs. It is this approach, some have argued, that is responsible for Sweden’s historically low levels of drug use. This apparent success of the Swedish model is therefore often presented as an argument against drug policy reforms such as decriminalisation and legal regulation.
See also the related piece by Richard Branson on his participation at a Swedish Drug Users' Union event: http://sco.lt/6scoIz
University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future study, now in its 40th year, surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes.
WITH reporting on drugs and crime mostly taking the dimension of the negative impact of drug effect on its users, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), last week held a 2-day Media Roundtable for selected health reporters across the nation where they were trained and urged to look for a more compassionate way of reporting the menace that would be more beneficial to the society.
'He finally urged reporters to avoid sensationalism, present the solution and not the problem stating that it will pave the way for informed discussion.' Some good advice for Aus media producers too!
Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.
Challenging common assumptions about parents' readiness to rely on medication to manage behaviour and raising the obvious question, if they're not using medication, what other supports are they getting?
The Abbott government is set to scrap 175 agencies to make budget savings, a measure unions fear could result in up to 9000 job cuts.
In addition to the ANCD/ANACAD changes announced earlier this week, it seems there was some other bad news for the Australian AOD sector. Federal cost-cutting will now include the axing of the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee. Thanks to Kate Conigrave and Luke Pearson for drawing it to our attention.
NORTHERN Territory police will patrol Katherine bottle shops in a bid to reduce alcohol-related violence.
Article cites People's Alcohol Acton Coalition's John Boffa on the de facto racial targetting of this approach and the ongoing support for a return of the Banned Drinkers Register (which included non-Aboriginal people).
Today, much of the important work of journalism is no longer being performed within the traditional institutions of journalism. So too, audience behaviour is changing. I know from the seismic shift that has occurred in my own news consumption habits. I now rarely visit media websites as a first port of call – receiving most news and content via links circulated on Twitter.
Nice piece on social journalism by Melissa Sweet, editor of the influential Croakey health blog (amongst other things), highlighting the potential for online health advocacy.