WHO] Sam Biondo, head of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association.[WHAT] We need to change the way we are reacting to the increase in the use of crystal methamphetamine, a highly potent stimulant known as ice.[HOW] Prohibition does not work, but a range of treatment and other harm-reduction measures do.
Extended interview with Sam Biondo, including Sam's responses to today's reader comments. To see some of what we're doing to improve treatment options for people who use methamphetamines, see our website: http://www.regen.org.au/about-us/reports
A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”. In the article below, Stephen Leeder, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney and Editor-in-Chief of The [...]
A good insight into the cumulative impact of the defunding of public health bodies in Australia. Service providers (like us) can do some advocacy, but our main focus will always be on our consumers. Removing bodies like the ANPHA is an effective way to prevent co-ordinated (and potentially critical) public health advocacy.
After a week of political announcements, Victorians who believe in the healing powers of marijuana feel no closer to sourcing the drug legally and say they will continue to risk prosecution for buying questionable products on the black market.
AT the age of 37, Steve Kilbey found himself at a crossroads. He’d become a pop star fronting the Church, a band whose song Under the Milky Way, the lead single from their fifth album, Starfish, became a worldwide hit in 1988. He’d made quite a lot of money: he had a house and a recording studio in Sydney, a couple of cars, a load of instruments and some cash to spare. He wasn’t filthy rich, but he was certainly very comfortable.
Nice piece by Andrew McMillen, an excerpt from his larger work looking at drug use in the Aus music scene.
MOGADISHU, Aug 26 (Reuters) - "The president has arrived, the president has arrived," chant youths in Mogadishu's Beerta Khaatka market, as armed men in trucks mounted with machine guns escort lorries with horns blaring through the throng.
In the wake of International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31), UnitingCare ReGen’s Donna Ribton-Turner says the taboos surrounding deaths from alcohol and other drug overdose magnify the burden for grieving families and increase the risk for all of us. She looks at how we are improving, or not, with public awareness through the media coverage [...]
Our piece for International Overdose Awareness Day. A little late, but still very relevant.
DRUG dealers and criminals will be barred from living in public housing under a radical planned shake-up following an extraordinary tribunal decision to allow a convicted crack lord to remain in his taxpayer-funded apartment.
DRUG epidemics of various types have periodically swept through Sydney and NSW. Indeed, it could be said that the first drug problem faced by our city was alcohol abuse among early settlers, who consumed frightening amounts of rum.
A tough-talking, typically inflammatory Daily Telegraph editorial.