A so-called 'Good Samaritan' bill that wouldn't criminally charge a person who is either having or observing a drug overdose and calls police for help has failed to advance in the Oklahoma Legislature.
This is a failure in political leadership. Given the overdose crisis affecting all levels of US society, political leaders should be removing barriers to people seeking assistance when a peer or loved one's life is in danger.
A report that ice is the most-used illicit drug may not be a surprise but the impact is truly shocking.
This editorial starts out looking like it's going to replicate the simplistic rubbish in yesterday's Herald Sun (http://sco.lt/77yKjh), but it actually shows a more informed awareness of the issues and ends with a recognition of the impact of stigma and the need for increased support services. The headline is unhelpful but this is better than most of media reporting since the release of the wastewater analysis report: http://sco.lt/99mCzh.
The ACT Government is approving an average of 50 new liquor licences in Canberra every year.
Citing FARE's Amy Ferguson on the community impacts of this level of growth in the availability of alcohol. See last week's related coverage of the proposed changes to the ACT's liquor laws: http://sco.lt/7h1HKj
MARK McGowan says tackling WAs meth epidemic is a top priority and work has already started on creating a Meth Border Force to crack down on the drug entering and spreading across WA.
Proving who was toughest on preventing methamphetamine supply was a big part of the recent WA election campaign. Expect to see more statements like this from the new McGowan government. See today's related coverage of WA findings in the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring report, released yesterday: http://sco.lt/7g6b7x.
Livvy Haydock trails the cops, vigilantes and victims caught up in the Filipino president’s drive to rid his country of drugs.
This program promises to provide a powerful insight into the deep impacts of President Duterte's brutal drug policies. See today's related post on complaints that media coverage of the killings is bad for tourism in the country: http://sco.lt/7Yvi7t.
A Victorian school has axed an assignment which asked students to create "attractive" packaging for an illegal drug.
Not really that controversial. It's easy to see what the school is doing, and why a parent complained. There is certainly a debate to be had about age-appropriate discussion of AOD issues, but simply seeking to prevent discussion of the topic is unlikely to produce positive outcomes. If a year 10 student can work out the profit-making opportunities provided by the illicit drug market, it's an opportunity to discuss the impacts of our current policy framework, how it enables criminal (and, increasingly, terrorist) networks and how it contributes to increased harm amongst people who use illicit drugs.
THE numbers are staggering. More than seven tonnes of illicit drugs and their precursors. More than 2.5 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, both here and in China.
Today's Herald Sun editorial. After some encouraging signs of a recent shift in the way the paper frames drug policy issues (with sustained support for the establishment of a MSIC in Melbourne), the paper has returned to type here, focussing on the size of police seizures, rather than the abundant evidence demonstrating the limited effectiveness of supply reduction measures. As in so many editorials before it, instead of recognising the failure of law enforcement to prevent supply, or affect demand for illicit drugs, the paper simply calls for more of the same. This is a failure of journalistic principles and a failure of leadership, with the Federal Govt continuing to frame drug policy as a criminal, rather than a health issue. We need genuine policy change, not more of the same damaging, ineffective (but politically popular) policy. Thanks to VAADA for making the content of the article available from behind the News Ltd paywall.
Secret tests of sewerage around Australia show methylamphetamine is the most popular illicit drug, with levels of use in WA far outstripping the rest of the nation.
As well as the figures on methamphetamine use, the wastewater monitoring report also highlights higher rates of fentanyl use in regional NSW, SA and WA. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh.
The study found the Perth daily consumption average was one dose per 17 people.
National wastewater analysis data will provide a very useful indicator of changing patterns of illicit drug consumption across the country. While, as with any data, it will always be prone to misinterpretation (or selective reporting of findings), these reports will provide an important source of information for future policy and treatment service planning. You can see the report here: http://sco.lt/99mCzh.
Five years ago Anne-Marie Cockburn's 15 year-old daughter Martha died from taking 1/2g of MDMA powder that turned out to be 91% pure. She is now calling for the legalisation of all drugs for people over 18.
A powerful (5 min) interview. Ms Cockburn's experience should resonate with any parent and be a wake up call for anyone who thinks 'it wouldn't happen to my kids'.
By scouring thousands of medications created for other conditions, a researcher wants to find pills that can help overcome addiction.
While we regularly see headlines proclaiming the latest 'cure' for AOD dependence, it's good to see that this piece concludes with the section: 'There's just no silver bullet' that at least provides some brief recognition of the complex factors contributing to dependence and the need for a range of evidence based approaches that allow people to find a treatment model that works for them.
THE Philippines tourism secretary has urged the media to “tone down” coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.
Perhaps the Duterte govt should consider that stopping state sanctioned murders of thousands of its own citizens (and a small number of internationals) would be more likely to encourage people to visit the country? What will they do next, claim reports of the 8,000 people killed to date are 'fake news'? See today's related post on a UK documentary providing an insight into the impacts of the brutality unleashed by President Duterte: http://sco.lt/6cWk77.
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