THE man tasked with arresting Australia's ice epidemic says he has no immediate answer to what is an increasingly grave and complicated problem.
The usual sensible stuff from Taskforce head Ken Lay as the public consultations come to a close. Here's our summary of AOD sector recommendations to the Taskforce: http://sco.lt/7qGr4L. We hope the Federal Govt is listening.
TEN people have presented at Royal Darwin Hospital’s emergency department in the past year after smoking synthetic marijuana, including a teenager who is believed to have stopped breathing before being revived by his father.
An unimpaired motorcyclist has been suspended and fined for drug-driving after tests found traces of cannabis in his system from four days earlier.
Citing David McDonald on the need for a review of Australian drug driving laws. The distinction between current impairment and detectable presence of drugs (particularly cannabis, which is typically detectable for a month after consumption) is a common cause for criticism of the current regime.
Governments in Canada and the United States are promoting tamper-resistant drugs, which are more difficult to crush, snort or inject, to prevent addiction and other harms. Opioid users may tamper with prescribed tablets, capsules or patches for a faster "high." However, a research group argues, tamper-resistant formulations of drugs will not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose.
Early engagement with women who take drugs and drink during pregnancy and access to support and treatment that also addresses mental health problems, domestic violence and homelessness are vital.
This report draws attention to the need to remove access barriers (such as those highlighted in yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/4zn281) for women who are pregnant or who have young children to relevant services. In related news construction of the 'Mother & Baby' unit at our residential withdrawal service in Ivanhoe is due to commence soon, with the unit opening in mid-2016.
A GROWING number of ice-affected patients has led to episodes of uncontrollable, unpredictable and violent behaviour in the state’s hospitals. Doctors and nurses are reporting ice-fuelled rages in emergency departments and even in general hospital wards.
While the role of methamphetamine use in violent incidents in hospitals and other settings does need to be addressed, it's worth noting that, as our Director of Clinical Services noted recently, we've never had higher numbers of people undertaking methamphetamine withdrawal at our residential withdrawal service, yet the rates of violent incidents are at an all time low. Here's a summary of what we've been doing to respond to the needs of people using our services and ensure that they remain a safe environment for everyone: http://www.regen.org.au/images/Meth_Treatment_-_Building_on_successful_strategies_to_enhance_outcomes_v1.0.pdf
THE father of a Perth teenager who died after taking synthetic drugs will visit high schools to warn students about the dangers of narcotics.
While family members can be powerful advocates for change and Mr Bridge is to be commended for his efforts to prevent harm to other people's children, the weight of Australian and international evidence shows that his 'in your face' approach is unlikely to be successful.
Proposed changes to liquor licensing laws in Queensland are ruffling the feathers of venue owners and drinkers alike, but data following strict changes in NSW correlate with a sharp fall in assault rates.
I’m sure some physicians are happy with their cure, but many others have privately expressed their anguish.
Interesting insight into the US treatment system that highlights inconsistencies within recovery-oriented systems, the need for evidence based drug policy and flexible treatment models. FYI, our updated position statement (and supporting evidence) on Recovery Oriented Practice is here: http://www.regen.org.au/advocacy.
Sara Adey lives in housing commission and has saved the lives of seven heroin users thanks to a Narcan kit she has been trained to use.
A terrific example of the role that naloxone training and distribution can have in saving lives. What also shines through here is Ms Adey's refusal to resort to the usual stereotypes about people who inject drugs. The extent to which she has become a recognised resource within her community is a clear indicator of the need for wider availability of naloxone and ongoing advocacy to challenge the stigma around overdose.
THE Herald Sun’s exclusive photographs of Gold Coast Suns player Harley Bennell lining up five lines of white powder in a hotel room has prompted AFL boss Gillon McLachlan to admit drugs are an issue confronting all AFL clubs.
Today's Herald Sun editorial typefies the general coverage of this story: stating player welfare as the primary concern while driving a fervid 'name & shame' campaign. The assumption underpinning the ongoing insistence by media outlets for change in the AFL's drug policy is that only a 'zero tolerance' approach will be effective, in spite of the overwhelming research evidence to the contrary. While blanket coverage of the 'scandal' may help sell papers, it does nothing to improve player welfare and, for those directly affected, is likely to do harm. See Emma Quayle's piece for an example of better coverage: http://sco.lt/7Y85qL.
On the 24th of June 2014, the United Kingdom, led by Home Secretary Theresa May, passed a law to legally ban the use and importation of stimulant Khat (Miraa), naming it as a Class C drug. Khat is ...
Experiences within the UK Somali community indicate mixed results for the Khat ban and highlight the need for greater support for those affected. As we know with other drugs and other jurisdictions, simply banning a substance will not, on its own, solve the problems associated with its use and can create a new set of problems.
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