The media will continue to report on Ben Cousins' troubles because it's a matter of public interest. But the tide of public opinion has swung in sympathy wit
There's a bit going on here: pathologising, stigmatising language, the assumption that a famous person's recovery journey needs to receive media attention and the reported shift in public attitudes towards the former footballer. It's the last bit that is perhaps the most galling: the idea that Mr Cousins is only deserving of sympathy once he begins to conform with public stereotypes of people who use drugs (or, as described here, 'a full-blown drug addict'). The real story is not Mr Cousins. There will be the usual ups and downs in his recovery as there are in most other peoples. The real story here is public attitudes to people who use drugs and our demand for media coverage like this that both feeds our need for celebrity gossip and confirms our misinformed stereotypes.
An Alberta man, who goes by the pseudonym RunTheDMT, often takes to Reddit to share snippets of his experiences with illicit and unregulated drugs, while offering expertise to other users seeking advice.
Extended piece on individuals' exploration of NPS and implications for service providers, citing Monica Barratt.
Supermarket challengers Costco and Aldi find it isn't always easy to sell alcohol in Australia.
Dominant players in Australian alcohol sales (Woolworths and the AHA) join forces to shut out competitor in SA. See other recent coverage of the inconsistencies in WA licensing decisions: http://sco.lt/5MtX9d.
The device sends electrical feedback to the brain, blocking the pain of detox.
There's obvious appeal here. Reducing the discomfort of physical symptoms of withdrawal would be welcomed by anyone who is going through the process. This article is clearly based on marketing claims by the device's developers, but we look forward to seeing more research on its effectiveness.
The implementation of state prescription drug monitoring programs was associated with the prevention of approximately one opioid-related overdose death every two hours on average nationwide, according to a new Vanderbilt-le
More evidence supporting the expansion of similar monitoring programs here.
Minister for Health says if gardaí ask for measure to deal with a problem ‘I feel obliged to act’
While there's been lots of positive developments in recent Irish drug policy, this doesn't seem to be one of them. It's a step in the wrong direction and unlikely to significantly reduce non-prescribed use of medications. It's also likely to contribute to increased harm to those who use them.
Program and others like it may face renewed scrutiny over discriminatory nature of policies as none of 303 applicants in Michigan test positive for banned drugs
'As we’ve seen time and time again, these misguided policies are devoid of any scientific credibility and have proven to be a colossal waste of our time and money.' It's a critique that could be made of many drug policy measures around the world. What this quote does not recognise is the role such policies play in driving the stigmatisation of already vulnerable people and creating additional barriers to change. Such ideologically-driven measures are dangerous and ineffective, but have proven to be increasingly popular in the US. We hope that the growing body of evidence will help to prevent their introduction elsewhere.
As a nurse in a busy Emergency Room, I’ve treated my share of addicts. But, in the ER — where we typically see overdoses and other emergencies — these patients are usually in and out.
I have a special respect for the nurses and health professionals who work with struggling addicts for the long haul.
Patty Eakin highlights the impact of stigma on the AOD treatment sector, it's capacity to attract and retain quality staff and, most importantly, provide effective supports to some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people within our communities. Anyone who works in the sector and has had to answer the 'So, what do you do?' question at a party or bbq knows how our services (and the people who use them) are perceived by the general public. It's important that all of us continue to challenge this stigma wherever we encounter it.
Health experts have warned that the public health care system is unprepared and ill-equipped to provide help for cannabis users, despite a rapid increase in the number of people seeking treatment for problems relating to the drug. Researchers gathering at a conference at the University of York highlighted the discovery of “concerning, unexpected” new symptoms reported by intensive users of cannabis and synthetic alternatives, including agitation and impulse control problems, contradicting the perception of cannabis as a suppressive drug.
Highlighting the lack of research and service development on the impacts of synthetic cannabis products (and other NPS) and the impact of competitive tendering processes on collaboration by treatment providers.
CENTRAL Coast families devastated by the impact of drug addiction have welcomed the Federal Governments 10.7 million commitment to help fight the deadly ice scourge.
More coverage of PHN funding but, as with all previous announcements, no real detail about just how the money will be spent or how it is going to improve the accessibility of treatment services for people in need.
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