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.
An increase in alcohol taxation, a reduction in the hours of alcohol sales, and changes to how alcohol is promoted are all needed to reduce alcohol-related harm, a public health policy expert has argued.
Wayne Hall calls for volumetric taxation and a floor price for alcohol to reduce harm within our communities.
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.
Following a spate of suspected GHB overdoses, Dr Stephen Bright calls for more harm reduction to be made available at festivals, including education and drug checking at festivals.
Stephen Bright describes some of the likely contributing factors to the weekend's overdoses and what preventative measures could have been in place. Good advice here for the Vic Govt on how to respond. (6 mins)
Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals.
More evidence of local opposition to President Duterte's brutal policies. See today's related coverage on the social and psychological impacts on those targetted by (http://sco.lt/7Z5WQT) and implementing (http://sco.lt/7aqgqH) these policies.
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