The study found the Perth daily consumption average was one dose per 17 people.
National wastewater analysis data will provide a very useful indicator of changing patterns of illicit drug consumption across the country. While, as with any data, it will always be prone to misinterpretation (or selective reporting of findings), these reports will provide an important source of information for future policy and treatment service planning. You can see the report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh.
The ACT Government is approving an average of 50 new liquor licences in Canberra every year.
Citing FARE's Amy Ferguson on the community impacts of this level of growth in the availability of alcohol. See last week's related coverage of the proposed changes to the ACT's liquor laws: http://sco.lt/7h1HKj
MARK McGowan says tackling WAs meth epidemic is a top priority and work has already started on creating a Meth Border Force to crack down on the drug entering and spreading across WA.
Proving who was toughest on preventing methamphetamine supply was a big part of the recent WA election campaign. Expect to see more statements like this from the new McGowan government. See today's related coverage of WA findings in the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring report, released yesterday: http://sco.lt/7g6b7x.
Five years ago Anne-Marie Cockburn's 15 year-old daughter Martha died from taking 1/2g of MDMA powder that turned out to be 91% pure. She is now calling for the legalisation of all drugs for people over 18.
A powerful (5 min) interview. Ms Cockburn's experience should resonate with any parent and be a wake up call for anyone who thinks 'it wouldn't happen to my kids'.
By scouring thousands of medications created for other conditions, a researcher wants to find pills that can help overcome addiction.
While we regularly see headlines proclaiming the latest 'cure' for AOD dependence, it's good to see that this piece concludes with the section: 'There's just no silver bullet' that at least provides some brief recognition of the complex factors contributing to dependence and the need for a range of evidence based approaches that allow people to find a treatment model that works for them.
THE Philippines tourism secretary has urged the media to “tone down” coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.
Perhaps the Duterte govt should consider that stopping state sanctioned murders of thousands of its own citizens (and a small number of internationals) would be more likely to encourage people to visit the country? What will they do next, claim reports of the 8,000 people killed to date are 'fake news'? See today's related post on a UK documentary providing an insight into the impacts of the brutality unleashed by President Duterte: http://sco.lt/6cWk77.
Vietnamese state media say a court has sentenced nine men to death for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of heroin.
In spite of its demonstrated ineffectiveness at preventing trafficking, the use of the death penalty for drug offences has only increased in SE Asia since countries like Vietnam and Indonesia obstructed global policy change at last year's special session of the UN General Assembly.
Drunk and disorderly patrons who loiter around licensed venues after being kicked out could soon face prosecution.
Proposed measures also include increasing licensing fees for 'big box' alcohol retailers, reduced fees for small bars and a change in the legal definition of 'intoxicated' to include impairment by other drugs. There's a full summary of the measures at the bottom.
Pharmacists could have a greater role in harm minimisation under the recommendations of a new report The Australia 21 report, Can Australia respond to drug
More coverage of the Australia 21 report, also citing Fiona Patten (whose MSIC bill has been sent to committee for consideration) on the need for drug policy reform. See today's related Age editorial: http://sco.lt/6VCEOv.
THE numbers are staggering. More than seven tonnes of illicit drugs and their precursors. More than 2.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, both here and in China.
Today's Herald Sun editorial. After some encouraging signs of a recent shift in the way the paper frames drug policy issues (with sustained support for the establishment of a MSIC in Melbourne), the paper has returned to type here, focussing on the size of police seizures, rather than the abundant evidence demonstrating the limited effectiveness of supply reduction measures. As in so many editorials before it, instead of recognising the failure of law enforcement to prevent supply, or affect demand for illicit drugs, the paper simply calls for more of the same. This is a failure of journalistic principles and a failure of leadership, with the Federal Govt continuing to frame drug policy as a criminal, rather than a health issue. We need genuine policy change, not more of the same damaging, ineffective (but politically popular) policy. Thanks to VAADA for making the content of the article available from behind the News Ltd paywall.
Secret tests of sewerage around Australia show methylamphetamine is the most popular illicit drug, with levels of use in WA far outstripping the rest of the nation.
As well as the figures on methamphetamine use, the wastewater monitoring report also highlights higher rates of fentanyl use in regional NSW, SA and WA. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh.
Livvy Haydock trails the cops, vigilantes and victims caught up in the Filipino president’s drive to rid his country of drugs.
This program promises to provide a powerful insight into the deep impacts of President Duterte's brutal drug policies. See today's related post on complaints that media coverage of the killings is bad for tourism in the country: http://sco.lt/7Yvi7t.
An Auckland man has posted a disturbing video of the impact drugs caused on his sister and a friend when they comatosed after taking what is being described as a "demon drug".
As with other similar US examples that have received a lot of attention, this may be well-intentioned but is unlikely to dissuade many people from using synthetic cannabis products. We know that scare campaigns (whether govt funded or home made) are not effective and have often been found to actually increase the likelihood of future use. What these sort of videos (and the associated social media commentary) typically achieve is to further entrench the stigmatisation of people who use illicit drugs, and the two people featured here in particular. We're not posting the image here as we don't want to add to the feeding frenzy that occurs with this sort of content.
Deciding not to drink booze at a party is a totally normal thing to do nowadays.
OK, the article is pure marketing spin for this particular product, but it is also an indicator of the apparent growth in demand for alcohol-free beer products. It will be interesting to see how this market segment develops. If you haven't seen it already, it's also worth looking at FARE Australia's campaign that calls bullshit on the alcohol industry's marketing claims about 'healthy' beer: http://beertheobvioustruth.com/.
CANBERRA teenager Adam* has just returned to school after spending two years addicted to ice. He told his story to Kristen Henry.
This is a good example of how to report people's lived experience of AOD dependence: keep comment to a minimum, avoid sensationalism, treat people with respect and get out of the way and let them tell their story. Good to see inclusion of support service details too. The video also features Noffs Foundation's ACT Street University.
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