Vietnamese state media say a court has sentenced nine men to death for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of heroin.
In spite of its demonstrated ineffectiveness at preventing trafficking, the use of the death penalty for drug offences has only increased in SE Asia since countries like Vietnam and Indonesia obstructed global policy change at last year's special session of the UN General Assembly.
Drunk and disorderly patrons who loiter around licensed venues after being kicked out could soon face prosecution.
Proposed measures also include increasing licensing fees for 'big box' alcohol retailers, reduced fees for small bars and a change in the legal definition of 'intoxicated' to include impairment by other drugs. There's a full summary of the measures at the bottom.
Pharmacists could have a greater role in harm minimisation under the recommendations of a new report The Australia 21 report, Can Australia respond to drug
More coverage of the Australia 21 report, also citing Fiona Patten (whose MSIC bill has been sent to committee for consideration) on the need for drug policy reform. See today's related Age editorial: http://sco.lt/6VCEOv.
Mixing alcohol with highly-caffeinated soft drinks can increase the risk of injury on a night out, researchers have warned. Popular cocktails like vodka and red bull, espresso martinis and jagerbombs, where a shot is dropped into a glass of energy drink, can be more dangerous than drinking alcohol on its own, they said.
Believe it or not ice is affecting all of our communities. For me, as a recovered user I believe the biggest impact to my day-to-day life is stigma, aggression and fear. The ABC formulated a strong fear based “campaign” and smothered it in emotional music, frightening scenes and struggling police officers just trying to do their job, I have a couple of problems with this.
Jay's response to the recent ABC series and the impact he has observed on public understanding of methamphetamine and the people who use it.
Amber Dawson lives on Lennox St, Richmond, the home of Melbourne's biggest, and most visible, heroin trade. She says it's the worst it's ever been.
"Every day there's needles all around our house and our car, around our bins. It's awful," she says.
More evidence of public support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond. You can show your support by making a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry (due to report in September). Details here: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic/article/3552.
Australias prohibition-based drugs strategy is futile, counterproductive and unfair, according to a report that calls for the progressive decriminalisation of illicit substances.
Coverage of yesterday's Australia 21 report launch by Bob Carr and Jeff Kennett, citing Alex Wodak. You can see today's related coverage (http://sco.lt/7Eghyj) or the report here: http://sco.lt/9MwSTh.
THE United States is experiencing a drug addiction crisis of rare proportions.
This isn't a great article (basically, it's a repackaging of various bits of US coverage), but it's a great headline, highlighting the systemic failures of the 'war on drugs' to prevent illicit drug supply, use and associated harm. We need a global shift in policy, as indicated by yesterday's Australia 21 report: http://sco.lt/9MwSTh.
In the Philippines, drug users try to turn their lives around and stay safe amid Duterte's anti-drugs campaign.
Fear of being murdered in your home can be a powerful motivator. In the early days of President Duterte's brutal 'crackdown', thousands of people sought the comparative safety of prison or rehab programs. Other than the gross human rights abuses carried out under the President's policies (current counts put the death toll at 8,000), there is no indication that anything has been done to address the various factors driving people's use in the first place. As one of the participants in the video says, he uses stimulants to enable him to work. Without them, how is he going to be able to work long enough hours to support his family when he gets out of rehab?
An Auckland man has posted a disturbing video of the impact drugs caused on his sister and a friend when they comatosed after taking what is being described as a "demon drug".
As with other similar US examples that have received a lot of attention, this may be well-intentioned but is unlikely to dissuade many people from using synthetic cannabis products. We know that scare campaigns (whether govt funded or home made) are not effective and have often been found to actually increase the likelihood of future use. What these sort of videos (and the associated social media commentary) typically achieve is to further entrench the stigmatisation of people who use illicit drugs, and the two people featured here in particular. We're not posting the image here as we don't want to add to the feeding frenzy that occurs with this sort of content.
Deciding not to drink booze at a party is a totally normal thing to do nowadays.
OK, the article is pure marketing spin for this particular product, but it is also an indicator of the apparent growth in demand for alcohol-free beer products. It will be interesting to see how this market segment develops. If you haven't seen it already, it's also worth looking at FARE Australia's campaign that calls bullshit on the alcohol industry's marketing claims about 'healthy' beer: http://beertheobvioustruth.com/.
CANBERRA teenager Adam* has just returned to school after spending two years addicted to ice. He told his story to Kristen Henry.
This is a good example of how to report people's lived experience of AOD dependence: keep comment to a minimum, avoid sensationalism, treat people with respect and get out of the way and let them tell their story. Good to see inclusion of support service details too. The video also features Noffs Foundation's ACT Street University.
A South Australian family were forced to turn their home into a rehab facility in a desperate bid to save their meth-addicted daughter's life.
This is typical tabloid stuff. The desperation of families to protect their children in such situations is entirely understandable but, for the record, we do not endorse this approach. There are publicly funded services available (including our own) to keep people safe during withdrawal and early recovery. Depending on the individual (and what drugs they have been using), withdrawal can be a dangerous period, with seizures being a particular risk for some. If someone you care about is considering withdrawal, speak to a doctor or treatment provider about the potential risks and the services that are available. You don't have to do it alone.
With independent public policy thinktank Australia21 publishing a landmark report Monday calling for a complete overhaul in the nation's approach to illicit drugs, Professor Dan Lubman and Christian Smyth argue that the current system is broken. In this piece for Croakey coinciding with the Australia21 release, Lubman and Smyth from Turning Point and Monash University warn that fatal overdoses in Victoria now exceed the number of road deaths and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Dan Lubman and Christian Smyth highlight the looming pharmacotherapy crisis, caused by increasing opiod use (and overdose risk) and a small, ageing cohort of doctors willing to prescribe pharmactherapies.
POLICE are concerned about a spike in drug overdoses on the peninsula in recent weeks and fear a rise in drug-related deaths will follow.
Citing Matt Noffs and NUAA's Mary Harrod. We know that heroin containing fentanyl has been responsible for overdose deaths in Melbourne. Based on the information presented here, it is a likely contributor to this increase.
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