Confidential federal government research suggests a decline in the use of the drug ice, in contrast to recent warnings of an "ice epidemic" by senior politicians and police.
Great to see this on the front page of the Age, and further coverage questioning the current fear-based tv campaign (http://sco.lt/7BbjI9). Perhaps the evidence (as opposed to the 'epidemic' rhetoric) is finally starting to gain some traction in the public debate.
Plenty of people are on the gear at the office. Does this give them an unfair advantage?
The role of workplace pressures in driving alcohol and other drug use is well recognised. The finance industry (together with construction, transport and sex work) is recognised for its high prevalence of methamphetamine use. This article raises some questions but some serious issues are ignored. There's no mention of emerging dependence as having any impact on workers' productivity and competence to perform their jobs safely, let alone the impacts on their personal wellbeing. As anyone with an awareness of the impacts of stimulant use (or basic physics) knows: what goes up, must come down. One question not asked here is what responsibilities employers have for their employee's wellbeing in creating workplace cultures where AOD use is expected?
A hard-hitting new advertising campaign video warning of the dangers of the drug ice is a scene-for-scene remake of a 2007 ad.
Now we know why this ad seemed so familiar. Our concern about the current tv campaign is more with the content of the messages, rather than their repetitiveness. As we've said previously, this sort of purely fear-driven campaign will achieve very little in terms of behaviour change and will only serve to further stigmatise many people (individuals and family members) who are already vulnerable and in need of support. We'll be publishing an article on this subject shortly on the Croakey health blog.
ICE is now one of the main drivers of organised crime in Australia.
While illicit drug markets are so profitable, it is inevitable that criminal organisations will be involved. Removing their motivation to be involved in drug production and trafficking is one argument for drug law reform.
TV ad criticised for similarity to 2007 version, with health academic arguing ‘running the same campaign over and over again ... doesn’t work’
No indication of what evidence the Govt has for the 'success' of the previous campaign. Generally the main impacts of this sort of campaign are to alienate those engaged in the target behaviour, terrify those who aren't and make the Govt appear to be 'doing something'. None of those count as success in our estimation. Here's what we said on this issue yesterday: http://sco.lt/7aXiNd. See also the original story identifying the repetition: http://sco.lt/6Hh72n.
The Federal Coalition last week announced it was launching a new advertising campaign aimed at educating families and the broader community about the dangers of the drug ice, or crystal methamphetamine. Health Minister Sussan Ley said it would assist the National Ice Taskforce, announced last month by the Prime Minister. See its key points in [...]
Our response to the Federal Govt's response to methamphetamine use in Aus. FYI, we think they can do better.
A great piece by German Lopez on the power of sensationalist media coverage to distort community perceptions of drug related harm (particularly in relation to emerging drug types) and create public pressure for non-evidence based drug policy.
Among people who use medical cannabis for chronic pain, those who also take prescription pain medications are not at increased risk for serious alcohol and other drug involvement, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Potential dependence is a clear risk for people using any medication for pain management. It's important to avoid focussing too much on the type of drug, rather than the dependence itself, it's impacts and how to manage (or overcome) them.
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