DOLE recipients too high or drunk to turn up to job interviews will be stripped of a day’s payment under a no-nonsense Turnbull...
We haven't been able to find coverage of this latest move from the Federal Govt that isn't behind a paywall, but it's more evidence of its determination to further stigmatise people who use AOD to help justify future welfare cuts. This is something we warned about in our recent opinion piece: http://sco.lt/8oLcOn.
Young women are now as likely to be drinkers as men and face similar levels of problem drinking and related harm, researchers say.
While we are drinking less overall, new NDARC data shows rates of alcohol consumption by men and women (particularly amongst those born after 1990) is now nearly equal. The article cites NDARC's Tim Slade, journalist Jill Stark and Odyssey House Victoria's Stefan Gruenert. See today's related post on Aus research into alcohol consumption by young people: http://sco.lt/8N4dPN.
Tough new drink-driving laws come into effect in Western Australia, with high-range offenders forced to install alcohol interlock devices in their cars to ensure they are sober before they start the engine.
The Victorian Govt has moved to enforce interlock installation for anyone convicted of drink driving: http://sco.lt/6TECXJ.
October 21st, 2016 Earlier this year, Maia Szalavitz, my fellow Influence columnist and an old comrade-in-arms, released her masterful book, Unbroken Brain, one that displays skills I only wish I had, and that I try to emulate. In it, she’s kind enough to praise my own Love and Addiction (1975, wit
Stanton Peele on the impact of the disease model on recovery and the capacity for sustainable changes after extended periods of dependent use.
More than 500 addicts have escaped from a drug rehabilitation centre in southern Vietnam.
Should read: '...escape from prison'. In Vietnam (and far too many countries around the world) 'rehabilitation' essentially means a work camp, with locked gates and armed guards. This is not treatment and should not be recognised as such.
With the latest spate of overdoses in Queensland fulfilling the predictions of many health experts in Australia of a summer of multiple overdoses of unknown substances, attention has inevitably turned again to the issue of "pill testing" or "drug checking", to inform drug users of the substances they're ingesting.
David Caldicott highlights the limitations of commercially available DIY kits and the need for the introduction of more reliable testing at festivals to help people make informed decisions about their drug use and prevent overdose deaths (such as that of Riki Stephens last week: http://sco.lt/65bMkj).
Adults over the age of 25 increased their use of marijuana after their home states made changes to medical marijuana laws, according to new research by scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Citing Columbia University research shows small increase in adults but no impact on use by people 25 and under.
(HealthDay)—Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults have higher rates of substance use and mental illness than their straight counterparts, a U.S. government report shows.
As in Australia, experiences of stigma and discrimination contribute to higher rates of AOD use and mental health concerns within LGBTI communities. What's interesting to note here is that, while they have increased risk of AOD related harm, they are also more likely to seek support.
Officials in Manila say data being used to support President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign is flawed. That affects how many people end up on dreaded hit lists.
As the saying goes, there are lies, damn lies and statistics. Inaccurate data is just one of the many flaws in President Duterte's justification of his brutal drug polices that have now resulted in the extrajudicial executions of nearly 4,000 people. More important than the figures he uses is the stigma and discrimination against people who use illicit drugs he relies on (and actively strengthens) to gain support for his methods. While he represents an extreme example (refusing to even acknowledge the basic rights of those targetted as citizens), there is a sliding scale for this sort of political rhetoric. Our previous post (http://sco.lt/9MSOHp) shows that the Federal Govt is starting to ramp up its own stigmatising rhetoric to justify its own 'crackdown', in this instance, on welfare payments.
A study by Monash University and Curtin University found that Australian teens are harming themselves with binge drinking.
It's an unhelpful headline, but the research cited here does related to today's related post on the continued narrowing in the gender differences in alcohol consumption amongst young people: http://sco.lt/7djDNZ.
A hotline that encouraged people to dob in their dealers received an average of three calls a day related to the supply and manufacturing of drugs in Canberra.
While such campaigns give the appearance of action being taken, in reality, they do little to prevent the supply of illicit drugs within our communities and less to target the higher levels of criminal organisations involved in their production and distribution.
Following the cooperation of my state and territory counterparts, I am pleased to announce a new national plan to cut off the supply of chemicals and equipment used in clandestine laboratories that make ice and other dangerous drugs.
Minister Keenan announces a national approach to precursor chemicals.
ACE and Sheila* are a married couple who say they are tasked with killing drug users and drug dealers as part of the Philippine President’s war on drugs.
A depressing insight into the economics of President Duterte's brutal drug policy: this couple claim performing outsourced extrajudicial executions for cash is the only way to support their four children.
The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan, the world's main source of heroin, has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, the United Nations says, as the Taliban insurgency gains ground.
Citing UNODC data on a 10% increase in poppy cultivation.
October 20th, 2016 Women’s health is an essential piece of harm reduction and drug-user health. Last week’s news that Vancouver is planning a supervised injection facility just for women is inspiring. But far too often, we lump services together and fail to see the importance of specific programmin
A great piece by Louise Beale on the need for services that cater to the specific needs of women who use drugs. See last week's related post about the proposal to establish a women-only injecting facility in Vancouver: http://sco.lt/5sAGxN.
By casting a light on the spiritual requirement in recovery, legal actions in Toronto and Vancouver
Are this case (and other legal challenges) forcing change within the North American recovery movement? If nothing else, these cases highlight the need for a variety of treatment and support options to be available, to meet people's different recovery needs.
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