At the recent opening of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Harm Reduction International launched its 10 by 20 campaign, calling on governments to redirect 10% of the resources that they currently spend in the war on drugs to harm reduction.
See DPMP's 2013 contrast of Aus govt spending on law enforcement, compared to treatment and harm reduction: http://sco.lt/6yicgz
The number of daily or monthly crystal methamphetamine users has doubled since 2010 but rehab facilities across Australia are giving addicts help, role models and strategies, and we go inside one centre where there is both heartbreak and inspiration.
Federal Government plans to give Indigenous people in the Northern Territory a say in the management of alcohol in their communities have stalled. In 2009, the then federal Labor government mooted the idea of allowing communities to develop their own alcohol management plans. It was an attempt to give Indigenous communities more of a say, after the federal intervention in the Northern Territory in 2007 imposed blanket alcohol bans on Indigenous land. But six years on, only one Indigenous communi
Increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of deaths a year from car crashes, say University of Florida Health researchers, who found alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes decreased after taxes on beer, wine and spirits went up in Illinois.
Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced today. Ms Ley said the 12 month extension – worth almost $300 million – would allow frontline services to continue to be delivered while work progressed on the current Mental Health Review.
Following yesterday's similar announcement for Federal AOD treatment service funding: http://sco.lt/6QxzeL. The full AOD funding release is here: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2015-nash010.htm
The focus on regional drug use has been around crystal methamphetamine, but experts say ice is just part of a much larger issue.
Citing VAADA's Sam Biondo on the need for improved treatment accessibility and a policy response that focuses not just on methamphetamine but the full range of AOD related harm within Victorian communities.
US retailing giant Costco is appealing a court decision blocking it from selling alcohol at its new Adelaide store, as the government is urged to review restrictions on supermarkets selling alcohol.
Says convenience store assoc chief executive: 'It's a difficult category [alcohol], generally, because a lot of people tend to look at the social impacts, without really considering the commercial impacts'.
Mobile “booze buses” to treat drunken revellers could soon become a common sight in towns and cities across England, after a pilot project led to dramatic decreases in A&E admissions and saved the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Drug and alcohol centres around the country win a last-minute reprieve from funding cuts after an outcry from health groups.
Following from yesterday's coverage (http://sco.lt/680hYP), these measures may do something to stem the immediate flow of experienced workers out of the AOD sector, but do little to provide them, or people who use their services, with any sense of security. This sort of drip-feed funding keeps programs in place for the short term, but limits their capacity to plan for the future or commit resources to developing innovative responses to emerging community needs.
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