Residents of Melbourne's wealthy eastern and bayside suburbs are among the highest users of colonoscopies in Australia while their poorer neighbours in Frankston top the state for using mental health plans for psychological care. A new atlas of health care has also revealed that children under the age of 17 in Sale have the highest rate of antidepressant drug use in Victoria, while people over 65 in Melbourne's wealthy inner south-eastern suburbs are Australia's greatest users of anti-psychotic medicines.
FORGET the Gold Coast and Bali, school leavers are ditching the traditional “schoolies” destinations and are instead looking for holidays based more around experiences.
More evidence that the kids are alright. While there are still clear problems with binge drinking amongst some young people (and older ones: http://sco.lt/5uya9p,http://sco.lt/93XDVp) overall consumption of alcohol is down and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that the current generation are living healthier lives than the preceding ones.
I am convinced my son Damien could have taken the right steps to overcome his problems and achieve a productive goal in life. He and many others never got the opportunity. Harm reduction stands beside all forms of drug treatment as a legitimate and much-needed element in drug policy.
Tony Trimingham makes the case for drugpolicy change. FYI, naloxone will now officially be available without prescription from Feb 1 2016. You can see the final decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration here (on p13):
Hardline drug laws billed by the Andrews government as vital in the fight against ice could be made even harsher, under an amendment proposed by the Coalition.
Upping the political ante on methamphetamine policy. Substance specific legislation has electoral appeal, but becomes redundant when consumption patterns change. The article cite's VAADA's Sam Biondo in assessing such measures: 'There are other ways of dealing with this that would have far greater impacts'.
THE NT Government should introduce mandatory drug and alcohol testing for anyone arrested for violence in the fight against the Territory’s “ice” scourge, an investigation into the spread of the drug has found.
Good to see the 'Ice Select Committe' recognise the need for increased treatment services. See yesterday's related stories on the ACEM study of AOD presentations at Emergency Departments: http://sco.lt/82rDY9,http://sco.lt/673fVp.
A three-minute video showing a young Victorian man stuttering and shaking uncontrollably as he struggles to tell the world how a cheap thrill almost took his life has been watched almost a million times on Facebook.
While there are always risks associated with the use of any drug, what's not mentioned here is the likelihood that what Mr Hurdes consumed was not MDMA but something else being sold as ecstasy. It's one of the reasons pill-testing is an important harm reduction measure.
SEX shops and tobacconists across Melbourne are selling illegal, toxic and potentially deadly synthetic drugs over the counter.
Another article with Safe Work Laboratories as the main source. Not addressed here is the fact that people using 'legal highs' are choosing them because of their (quasi)legal status. What is touched on is the ineffectiveness of reactive banning of substances as they emerge in preventing use of synthetics.
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