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.
A review of Victoria's drug laws will examine the use of sniffer dogs at events and the potential for drug-testing facilities at festivals to determine the purity of illicit substances.
On Fiona Patten's proposed Parliamentary Inquiry into Victoria's approach to illicits, synthetics and prescription meds. The article also cites VAADA's Sam Biondo and Monash Uni's Philip Mendes on the need for a greater emphasis on harm reduction.
AMBULANCES throughout Victoria have been fitted with a new system to administer the painkiller Fentanyl following the suspected overdose death of a young female paramedic. Sources told the Herald Sun that it is strongly suspected Annika Beer...
As with other occupations involving high levels of stress and long hours, paramedics are vulnerable to self-medicating with alcohol and other drugs. The rest of the article is behind the NewsLtd paywall.
Ford has created a "drugged driving" simulator suit to show motorists the effects of driving under the influence of illegal substances. The car manufacturer says it wants to teach young people about the dangers of taking the car after having consumed illegal drugs such as a cannabis, cocaine, heroin and MDMA.
Taking 'beer goggles' to the next level. The obvious question is how accurately they replicate the effects of intoxication. It's also important to remember that, while they give an idea of the physical impacts of intoxication, such systems do not address the changes in people's decision-making and increased risk-taking.
Alcohol is sending hundreds of thousands of people to emergency departments each year, far outranking the scourge of ice, research on Australian and New Zealand hospitals has found.
The fact that this headline would surprise people is a good indicator of how distorted public debate on AOD harm has become in Australia. While methamphetamine is described in terms of national crisis, alcohol continues to be responsible for far greater levels of harm within our communities (and our Emergency Departments). See today's related post on ED violence: http://sco.lt/82rDY9.
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):
Writer Tony Reck lives in the ideal place to gather source material for his work.
There is obviously no simple solution to what is a complex situation, with multiple contributing factors. However, the establishment of a medically supervised injecting centre (MSIC) in Yarra would be a logical part of an evidence based response by the Victorian Government. Our related position statement (and supporting evidence) is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
Even though Richard Keane was HIV positive, he didn't think of the consequences when he started using the illicit drug ice.
Mr Keane's experience highlights both the fact that many people self-medicate with illicit drugs and higher rates of reported methamphetamine use within LGBTI communities. You can see the TouchBase website here: http://touchbase.org.au/.
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