Spring sunshine licks Steve's worn face as he stands near a vegetable garden in Dandenong. He has been addicted to heroin for more than 20 years, and has used drugs since he was 10.
We'd suggest some tweaking of the language used, but this is a nice piece by Nino Bucci, Tammy Mills & Jane Lee on the impact of the drug court on people's lives and the importance of the model being expanded to other locations.
It will kill Australian rugby's leather patch brigade to read this but rugby league super coach Wayne Bennett offered the code some advice on Thursday that it cannot afford to ignore.
A good piece by Georgina Robinson, reflecting on the need for recognition by sporting codes that AOD use is a community issue that requires a response based on the welfare of players. Nice to see some recognition for the AFL's illicit drug policy too. Although far from perfect, it is still the best of all Australian football codes.
Earlier this year the BMJ published the first systematic review of research on working hours and alcohol use. The review found that longer working hours increased the likelihood of higher alcohol use by 11% - 13%. Longer working hours are...
We know the role workplace stress plays in increased use of a range of drugs. The impact of FIFO working arrangements on AOD use and mental health is well documented: http://sco.lt/99ZBLt, http://sco.lt/4piY89. The use of stimulants (particularly methamphetamines) in the finance, construction, transport and sex work industries is a particular concern.
The Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA) today welcomes the release of the Ice Action Plan which provides a balanced response to a highly complex and challenging problem. The Ice Action Plan details a number of priorities with allocations attached to those priorities.
The plan's commitment to improve treatment accessibility for individuals and families is welcome, as is the support for harm reduction programs and workforce development.
Across our state, good, smart kids are dropping out of school, running away from their families and falling out of society.
Workers are getting attacked. Innocent people are dying, in their homes and on the roads.
Ice is ruining lives, and the time to act is now.
Released this morning by the Victorian Government, including a commitment of $18 million for treatment, $19.5 million for police & roadside testing, $1.8 million for NSPs, plus workforce development and community education.
If someone came along with cannabis-like product that mimicked pot, was borderline legal, and wouldn't be detected on drug tests it would be too good to be true. That's right – it is too good to be true.
This is a little overblown, but does provide a useful reminder of some of the risks associated with the use of legal highs and other emerging synthetics.
Great presentation from Kevin Jaffray at DDN's national service user involvement conference in February setting out the need for a national take-home naloxone programme, and why drug users and former drug users should be advocating for wider access to naloxone in their local areas.
Obviously, this isn't just a UK issue. We need to significantly increase naloxone accessibility in Australia.
The Scottish Recovery Consortium is now running a new project to learn more about the reality of methadone use and recovery in Scotland. The Methadone Memoirs is gathering lived experience of methadone prescription, treatment and use in Scotland for the first time.
Methadone treatment is a common target for media and political grandstanding in Scotland. It will be interesting to see the stories of people who actually use it.
Medical marijuana is proliferating across the country due to the ability of cannabis ingestion to treat important clinical problems such as chronic pain. However, negative side effects and the development of tolerance limit the widespread therapeutic use of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC), the major ...
Not only can they improve public health and decrease treatment costs, but they can also address one of the root causes of addiction: loneliness.
Looking at the example of Insite in Vancouver and policy resistance to supervised injecting facilities in the US. Unfortunately, it's not only experienced in the states. Successive Victorian governments have made clear their unwillingness to consider the establishment of what would be Australia's second Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne: http://sco.lt/58brLV
A new UN report on the global drug situation has highlighted the widening rift between countries on the issue of the death penalty for drug offences. These tensions are set to surface as Member States convene in Vienna next week at the annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the UN policy making body on drug control issues.
Joint statement by a range of international harm reduction and drug policy organisations.
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