There are at least two ways of interpreting the Barr government's decision to rule out reforming ACT liquor laws.
Canberra Times editorial asks what alternatives the ACT Govt has in place to address alcohol related violence, now it has taken lockouts, last drinks and increased licence fees for late night operators. It appears that govts' willingness to implement such measures is emerging as a national benchmark for political courage. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8xxCzJ and the ACT police response: http://sco.lt/5fAglt.
Families could apply to put addicted loved ones into rehab under laws the Government wants to import.
Family members' desperation for a 'solution' to the harms of a loved one's methamphetamine use are understandable, but this is not the answer. Forced treatment may help a small proportion of people, but it will do more harm than good.
July 26th, 2016 Many stereotypes are ascribed to drug users, almost all of them negative. Of course, people who use drugs are just as diverse as the general population. But if there is one thing many of us are, it is resourceful. We are also used to social exclusion, and we have ways of handling i
Nice piece by Shaun Shelley on the creative (and productive) response to the exclusion of people who inject drugs at the recent International AIDS Society conference. Staging a public parallel helped to increase the recognition of PWID as having a meaningful (and essential) contribution to make to preventing the spread of HIV and provided a visible reminder of the importance of harm reduction.
Ten foreign nationals and four Indonesians face firing squad, in spite of claims of forced confessions, torture allegations and ongoing legal appeals
Indonesia indicated that it was preparing for another round of executions at the recent special drug policy session of the UN General Assembly. Use of the death penalty for drug related crimes was one of the most divisive topics at the session.
The Loop, a drugs harm reduction organisation, pioneered a drug testing scheme at the festival that found – among other things – concrete and malaria pills in what was supposed to be ecstasy and ketamine.
David Hiller looks at the work of Transform's The Loop harm reduction project and the current policy context in the UK.
Plans for massive fee hikes for early-morning nightclubs abandoned, other reforms put on ice.
The govt has also put off changes to closing times and introducing 'last drinks' measures. Greens' Shane Rattenbury cites fears of 'killing off Canberra nightlife' as reason for not supporting measures.
TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains description of sexual assault, which may cause distress to some readers.
While Michelle's story needs to be heard (and perpetrators of such predatory behaviour need to be held to account), it's important to remember that the most commonly used drug in cases of drink spiking is not rohypnol, but alcohol. If someone else is getting your drinks, be aware of the risk that you may be consuming more alcohol than you realise.
The Philippines leader known as “The Punisher” has defended his government’s brutal crackdown on the drugs trade in his inaugural State of the Nation address, insisting complaints about human rights would not deter him from his campaign against criminality. President Rodrigo Duterte, who was elected in a landslide in May, also promised an end to separatist violence, announcing a unilateral ceasefire in the decades-long conflict with Maoist rebels.
The death toll from Mr Dutuerte's war on people who use and deal illicit drugs now stands at 240.
Anyone living in Kings Cross during the heroin "boom" of the late 1990s found it almost impossible to not stumble across the often distressing impac
Great response by Sean Nicholls to the Deputy Premier's latest demonstration of his unwillingness to listen to expert opinion on drug policy matters. See the original coverage here: http://sco.lt/8CfKTJ.
Calls to open a heroin-injecting centre to pregnant women and teenagers has been slammed by the NSW Deputy Premier as "absolute nonsense".
Mr Grant appears to fundamentally misunderstand the purpose of services such as the MSIC. Denying access to young people or pregnant women who inject drugs only places them (and their unborn babies) at increased risk. Such political grandstanding stifles sensible debate. It's politically safe, but very dangerous for public health.
Doctors are predicting the eradication of hepatitis C from Australia by 2026.
Today is World Hepatitis Day. New treatments (and their listing on the PBS to increase accessibility) have the real potential for a public health 'cure'. See http://worldhepatitisday.org/ for more info.
When it comes to combating the nation’s opioid epidemic, politicians of all stripes say they are fully committed.
President Obama wants to spend a billion dollars on new treatment programs. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about the ravages of addiction and the need for solutions. And Congress earlier this month passed a package of legislation to prevent overdoses, bolster law enforcement and improve recovery programs.
...but new law reduces accountability of pharmaceutical companies by making it easier to evade prosecution.
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with both increased hospital visits and cases at a regional poison center because of unintentional exposure to the drug by children, suggesting effective preventive measures are needed as more states consider legalizing the drug, according to a new article.
These findings highlight issues about increased availability of cannabis, and safe storage in the home. Storage is an important issue for any drug or potentially harmful chemical and should be addressed. However, it's important to note that current research indicates that cannabis law reform changes in Colorado have not led to increased use of the drug: http://sco.lt/7uukDZ.
The Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production. In September 2014, the country’s government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility unveiled in Florence in April last year.
Highlighting one of the benefits of regulated supply: quality control.
Jessica Khachan is not the type of person that springs to mind when most Australians think of a drug addict.
Great article featuring the story of Ms Khachan and the work of Scriptwise. It provides yet another example of how stigmatisation of people who are AOD dependent makes it harder for them to seek help, and the need for change in public attitudes.
HOW our society responds to illegal drugs users has been controversial for decades.
Good to see the Tas Green's position is consistent with the Federal party's drug policies. Initial reporting about Ms Woodruff's response to the inhalation room proposal suggested otherwise. You can see the original article by Greg Barns here: http://sco.lt/6bQlpB
"This Is A Serious Party." That’s the motto of hedonistic Cambridgeshire festival Secret Garden Party. It’s also one that it can lay claim to like no other, after playing host to a remarkable first this weekend. For while plenty of festivals are comfortable providing the fun, they are coy about one of the most serious aspects of festival culture – drugs.
Henry Fisher makes the obvious (but frequently ignored) point: 'if you treat people who want to use drugs with respect, they will respond to the advice given to them sensibly.'
A TOP politician in NSW backs changes to Sydney’s controversial lockout laws, despite NSW Premier Mike Baird refusing to budge.
Troy Grant wants to wind back the lockout laws. The Premier defers to the findings of the Callinan review. See also today's other post on the Deputy Premier's political grandstanding on Sydney's MSIC: http://sco.lt/8CfKTJ.
It is not without irony that in a country with a well-deserved reputation for hedonism, this well-respected addiction treatment centre is providing a program in which sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation centres.
If you're considering rehab options for yourself or someone you care about, be very wary of this sort of marketing claim:
'It is not without irony that in a country with a well-deserved reputation for hedonism, this well-respected addiction treatment centre is providing a program in which sobriety success rates far outstrip those offered by Australian rehabilitation centres.'
Advocates of minimising the dangers of drugs are frustrated that tens of thousands of young partygoers at one of the biggest events on the music festival calendar this weekend have no organised drug testing available to them.
Citing David Caldicott on the need for drug checking services to reduce potential harms at festivals.
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