Methamphetamine manufacture has traditionally been concentrated in North America and East and South-East Asia, close to the major consumer markets. The latest UNODC's Global SMART Update study, however, shows that it has recently spread to other countries such as Guatemala, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The Update also reveals that methamphetamine manufacture is also spreading across Europe, though at low levels.
DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia's major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration
On the next phase of the alcohol industry's marketing campaign to promote 'responsible' drinking. For more on the relative merits of industry campaigns, see yesterday's #PHAA2014 proceedings on Twitter.
THE NSW Government will sponsor a clinical trial of marijuana for those suffering terminal illnesses, and formalise a protocol which allows police to a blind eye to its use by patients in their last days of life.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has called on the Community and Public Sector Union to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations for prison officers, before resolving a long-standing dispute on a needle exchange program inside Canberra's jail.
It's sad to see vital harm reduction inititiatives being used as a bargaining chip. Every day this trial is delayed means more BBV transmission in the ACM and an even longer wait before similar measures could be introduced in other Australian prisons.
The cost of alcohol abuse to taxpayers could be reduced if investment was made in early intervention services, two addiction charities have claimed. Addiction NI and FASA said alcohol abuse cost £900m a year.
AA and the rest remain the biggest and most polarizing force in the addiction community. I quit heroin and cocaine using the Steps and have covered addiction as a journalist for 25 years—and I'd argue that the picture is decidedly mixed.
Rehabilitation and drug experts from across the ACT are warning that more Canberrans are seeking treatment for dependence on ice or crystal methamphetamine as the purity and strength of the drug increases.
Individuals who engage in both the use and selling of illicit narcotics are an often overlooked group in the harm reduction narrative.
Highlighting the need for AOD services to expand the potential reach of their programs. The great majority of people experiencing AOD related harms do not walk through the doors of a harm reduction or treatment service.
University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers are asking the medical community to consider its own role in the rise in prescription opioid abuse, calling for more research on iatrogenic addiction (addiction resulting from medical treatment) and changes in the way medical providers are educated about pain management.
Yep, time for a look in the prescribing practices mirror.