Spiralling problems with ice ended with Harriet Wran pleading guilty to accessory after the fact of murder.
Ross Fitzgerald on the need for increased investment in evidence based harm reduction and treatment services. He also suggests that DCRs represent just the sort of 'nimble and innovative' approach that Prime Minister Turnbull has been calling for.
Cut comes as alcohol-fuelled violence laws come into effect.
While the headline suggests a major cut, it's a drop of just over $1million (from a budget of $33million) over three years. There's no real detail here on the rationale for the sliding scale, but the story does provide another opportunity for opponents of the state's lockout measures to take another swing at the Qld Govt.
A Treasury document estimating the Government could save more than $500 million a year by legalising cannabis ignored the human costs of prohibition, Act Party leader David Seymour - New Zealand Herald
While NZ treasury figures on cost savings from cannabis law reform help make the case for drug law reform, they don't tell the whole story.
While buprenorphine has long been used to treat adults with opioid dependence, its efficacy can be hindered by lack of adherence to daily, sublingual (beneath the tongue) doses of the medication. New research led by the Icah
While there is a tendency to see any form of implant (including naltrexone and disulfiram) as a simple 'cure' for AOD dependence, the reality is a lot more complicated. These ones may provide a useful addition to other forms of treatment to support recovery, but we'll need to see the findings of further research to have a clearer idea of their effectiveness.
VICTORIA’S top court has called on the State Government to consider increasing penalties for ice trafficking.
While intuitively popular, such calls for increased sentencing measures for particular drug types are generally regarded by those familiar with the evidence as largely ineffective in changing the target behaviour. Thanks to VAADA for bringing the text of this article out from behind the NewsLtd paywall.
SOFTENING the diplomatic row over the recent international court ruling on the South China Sea, China now says it is keen on backing Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs, which had seen a slew of deaths among suspected dealers lately.
Good grief. It's one step forward (http://sco.lt/4iGXlx), two steps back for Asian drug policy at the moment. See our recent post about the more than 200 extrajudicial executions that have occurred since Duterte took power: http://sco.lt/4oEgfR.
The results of a study conducted by Dr. Anick Bérard, Professor and Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé Research Chair on Medications and Pregnancy, at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Pharmacy and the Ste-Justin
Study finds use of NRT patches reduces risk of premature birth and low birth weight.
Fraser Health, the authority responsible for care across most Vancouver’s suburbs, has revealed it plans to open multiple sites where users can inject heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other drugs.
More proof of the positive changes underway in Canadian drug policy.
''If you don't have a beer you're not a man' – rural workplaces made more dangerous by drugs and alcohol' on Yahoo7 Finance Australia. Rural workplaces often tacitly encourage excessive drinking and even drug-taking.
Citing new research by Julaine Allan on the impacts of our problematic relationship with alcohol and other drugs. You can see the published study on AOD use by farm and fishing workers here: https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/12-061.
Prisoners at Hopkins Correctional Centre make use of the chaplaincy program to strengthen their Islamic practice in the fight against drugs.
For some people, the structure and discipline required for religious observances, together with a sense of community can be effective supports for recovery. We'd always recommend seeking advice from services like ours to decide what other supports will be most likely to support sustainable change in people's lives.
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