The Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton’s recent claim that it’s not practical to conduct on-the-spot drug tests “safely and quickly” is, at best, misinformed. These tests have been taking place successfully in Europe for more than a decade.
David Caldicott responds to recent claims in media coverage that onsite drug checking services are not effective in reducing harm. It's the latest post for the AOD Media Watch project.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the decision to remove the 1am lockout was made after extensive consultation.
Alcohol industry resistance to the new Qld measures continues. See today's related post where Prof Jake Najman accuses the industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against the govt's measures to reduce alcohol related violence: http://sco.lt/6Wff1t.
A parent tells me about watching helplessly as their infant daughter suffers, a frightened look on her face before her whole body stiffens and face turns purple. This process repeats again and again, day and night, every day. With each day, their daughter seems to lose her spark and her personality as brain development slows.
John Lawson (who heads the medicinal cannabis trial at Sydney Children's Hospital) describes some of the current challenges and limitations on our understanding of the risks and benefits of using cannabis products on children.
The bill, which now moves to a Senate vote, would undo limitations on which applicants for unemployment benefits can be dru
These measures have been shown to be counterproductive and a waste of public funds when implemented at a state level (http://sco.lt/8faLjt,http://sco.lt/8RmUgT). The obvious question is why Congress would seek to expand this to a national level. Unfortunately, this isn't only a US phenomenon. In Aus our own Federal Govt is undertaking it's own campaign to punish some of our most vulnerable and marginalised: http://sco.lt/8oLcOn.
Background We evaluated a novel Twitter-delivered intervention for smoking cessation, Tweet2Quit, which sends daily, automated communications to small, private, self-help groups to encourage high-quality, online, peer-to-peer discussions.
The Victorian coroner has recommended the implementation of a safe injecting room trial in order to curb the rising number of heroin overdoses in the state, which is at its' highest numbers since before the mid 2000s.
Last night's 7.30 Report story featuring Greg Denham and cohealth's Lyn Moran. It's also great to see the voices of people who inject in North Richmond included in the story. They provide perhaps the clearest case for why such a centre is needed.
(HealthDay)—Prevention and treatment, not legal action, should be the focus when dealing with pregnant women who use opioids, a leading pediatricians' group says.
Good to see some push back against the growing criminalisation of pregnancy in the US. The American Academy of Pediatrics says punitive measures have no health benefits for mothers or their children and prevent women seeking help.
Premier Daniel Andrews' refusal to consider trialling a safe injecting room smacks of cowardice.
A great selection of letters in today's Age in support of a MSIC in Richmond (and elsewhere). See today's related post on the positive outcomes from yesterday's parliamentary debate: http://sco.lt/7uxiZV.
The very fact drugs were illegal drew me to them. Then discovering new states of mind together with my friends created a special bond between us. We had a naughty secret that others would never understand.
The first of three installments, this is a great example of the value of people sharing their own experiences to challenge the usual stereotypes and assumptions that underpin public attitudes towards people who use drugs.
ONE of the top advocates for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuks controversial lockout laws says there is no evidence supporting the claim young women would be separated from their friends if the plan was implemented.
Jake Najman accuses the alcohol industry of deceptive behaviour in its campaign against Qld Govt alcohol measures. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/7YObjN.
THE Federal Governments decision to clear the way for access to medicinal cannabis is a welcome development. For too long, people with chronic conditions who might benefit from the drug and those in palliative care have been waiting for legislators to catch up with the weight of public opinion. In the meantime, they have either had to forgo the option of a drug which would ease their condition or run the risk involved in obtaining a supply through illicit sources.
Today's Mercury editorial calls on the Tas Govt to implement the medicinal cannabis trial it announced in April last year.
Jacky Jones: Whole school approach requires time and commitment from parents and teachers
What the research tells us is that fear-based campaigns are only effective with those young people who only had a low chance of engaging in the target behaviour in the first place. For those who are actually at risk, such approaches are typically counterproductive. Education needs to focus on helping young (and old) people make informed choices: to be aware of the risks, how to reduce harms and how to respond if someone is experiencing AOD-related harm.
Supervised drug use in a heroin hot spot will be a key political issue in the battle between Labor and the Greens for Melbourne's inner city, after the Premie
'The refusal to adopt the Coroner's recommendations flies in the face of a groundswell of support from residents, health groups and emergency services workers for a supervised injecting room.' Will the prospect of losing the marginal seat of Richmond to the Greens help motivate the Andrews Govt to recognise the evidence for a change in policy? See today's related post: http://sco.lt/5H4sWf.
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