The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.
More on the CFMEU's change of position on workplace testing (see yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/50N34L). Good to see a focus on workers' welfare and reducing potential harms. It will be very interesting to see how employers respond.
The influential Law-Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or Lead, program is making waves in criminal justice circles – and it could be coming to other US cities
There are clear benefits from supporting people to change, rather than putting them in prison. Australia's Diversion programs provide a range of early interventions that allow people to avoid being drawn further into the Justice system for low level, non-violent offences. ReGen runs several education programs for Diversion participants: http://www.regen.org.au/education/client-courses
THE Tobacco-Free Generation amendment before the Legislative Council is attracting global attention. The amendment seeks to create a new generation of citizens born this century who will live lives tobacco-free by means of preventing retailers selling cigarettes to them.
Addicts say that ice has a very powerful hold over their lives. One Sydney ice addict, who asked to remain anonymous, told us he'd unsuccessfully tried to quit the drug several times. He's been using ice for 12 years and says in the last few years it's become widely available.
The repeated use of 'ice addict' here is certainly less than ideal. There are many other ways to refer to someone without resorting to pejorative terms. That said, it is good to see people with direct experience of methamphetamine dependence having the opportunity to tell their stories.
AFL: The revelations this week that ice has been used in rural and regional football as a performance-enhancing drug has rocked the community. In a week in whic
Nice piece by The Roar's Sarah Olle. Amidst the furious positioning about illicit drug use by current and former players, their welfare is usually very low on the list of public priorities. This needs to change.
THE impact of illicit drugs on families and the community has always been obvious but we have not seen anything as damaging, destructive and deadly as the current methylamphetamine – or “ice” as it is known on the streets and in criminal gangs – epidemic.
This is the second part of the editorial (scroll down). It focuses on reports that the joint Polaris task force is to be defunded as part of Federal budget cuts.
Flaws in the Department of Health’s interim evaluation of an alcohol industry pledge to remove one billion alcohol units from the market raise questions about the claimed success argue John Holmes and colleagues. They say that the report should be withdrawn and revised targets set
The online alcohol sales industry in Australia is expected to be worth more than $1 billion in the next five years as more and more consumers order their favourite drinks through their computer, tablet or smartphone.
There's obvious appeal to the industry for online sales: reduced costs, increased marketing potential and direct access to consumers. We've already seen that online marketing provides the industry with opportunities to get around marketing restrictions that are enforced in traditional media.
Addiction specialists say there are not enough facilities or trained medical staff to address the growing problem of ice addiction. There are only 200 addiction specialists in Australia and NZ. Addicts must wait months for treatment in residential rehab facilities.
St Jamess Hospital has seen a 30 per cent drop in the number of alcohol related admissions in the last six month
Possible causes of the drop are yet unclear, but we'd expect that the significant recent policy and public attention to alcohol-related harms has got something to do with it. In Australia, drops in similar presentations to St Vincent's ED in Sydney have been clearly linked to the lockout regime in Kings Cross: http://sco.lt/5E62iH
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