WINEMAKERS have hailed tax changes in last night’s Federal Budget that will go some way towards stopping the flood of cheap wine into the Australian market.
Citing FARE's Michael Thorn on the announced budget measures and the missed opportunity to introduce volumetric taxation of alcohol. In spite of consistent evidence about its effectiveness and repeated recommendations for the introduction of alcohol tax to be based on alcohol content (and pre-budget suggestions that it was likely to be introduced), it seems that we'll need to wait for (at least) another year. See today's related post on the impact of a lack of focus on pricing in limiting the effectiveness of Scotland's alcohol strategy: http://sco.lt/8MhGRF.
Washington spent more than $1 billion telling people in 14 African countries not to have sex before they get married. It didn’t work
Another example of the failure of abstinence based policies to reduce harm and change behaviour. See today's related post for an Australian example of public policy that disregards the evidence for its own ineffectiveness: http://sco.lt/8LiEe9.
This UNGASS demonstrates the impact civil society pressure can achieve. The drug policy reform movement will continue to grow into a formidable global social movement towards 2019. The collective demand for change will grow ever louder leading to sustainable and seismic break-throughs at national, regional and ultimately UN levels.
Ann Fordham considers the way forward for drug policy reform and the central role for civil society in driving change.
ONE of the conundrums of criminal justice today is that most offenders are simultaneously victims — of drugs and alcohol misuse, of acquired brain injury, of mental illness, of unemployment, of racism and of multiple chronic social disadvantages.
When it comes to changing marijuana's federal status, medical researchers and the cannabis industry have very different goals.
David T Courtwright warns of the emergence of Big Tobacco (and the likely ensuing harm to public health) if cannabis policy is left solely in the hands of politicians and not subject to rigorous research.
Despite concerns that legalizing marijuana use for adults would make it easier for adolescents to get ahold of it, a new study in Washington State shows that teens find it no easier now than before the law was passed in 2012.
Researchers note that (during the same period) young people did report increased difficulty gaining access to other drug types.
A new report by the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom says electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are much safer than smoking and encourages their widespread use by smokers. It concludes that e-cigarettes have huge potential to prevent death and disease from tobacco use.
Colin Mendelsohn considers the international evidence and the potential public health benefits likely to result from a greater uptake of e-cigarettes in Australia.
SYNTHETIC cannabis is being sold over the counter in Darebin despite deaths linked to the mock pot.
We can see what the Preston Leader is trying to do here but, essentially, this article serves as free advertising for the Northland shop and the Of Ya Tree chain. The only details missing were the prices of the synthetics on sale.
Colin Barnett has suggested the war on the drug ice is all but unwinnable, saying its supply into the WA market is “not possible” to stop.
An effective example of the illogicality of political drug policy discourse: Supply control is ineffective, so we're going to do more of it. It's good to see that the WA Govt is improving treatment access in remote areas (http://sco.lt/8nwkvR), but we'd encourage the Premier to increase the Govt's investment in harm reduction and treatment services across the state. See today's related post on the ineffectiveness of policy responses that ignore the evidence: http://sco.lt/55Odgf.
Anti-bikie police have noted a worrying jump in seizures of the dangerous party drug fantasty.
Hopefully, this indicator of increased avaialbility of GHB in Qld will not lead to an increase in overdoses. Please be aware that the difference between a safe dose and an overdose of this drug is very small.
Senior police and politicians are supporting a nationwide pill testing trial at music festivals - outside NSW
Last weekend's festival overdoses provided another reminder of the need for introducing drug checking at such events. Good to see progress being made here and that authorities are willing to support harm reduction services to help save lives.
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