Drug-addicted teenagers "really need our help", a desperate Queensland mother who built a cage to house her son, caught in the grip of ice dependency.
Mr Dick's comment could have been taken out of context, but it does imply a lack of recognition of the very real needs of people under 18 who are AOD dependent (and their families). See yesterday's coverage of the original A Current Affair story: http://sco.lt/8aSvJJ.
The District of Columbia's needle exchange program prevented 120 new cases of HIV infection and saved an estimated $44 million over just a two-year period, according to a first-of-a-kind study published today by researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) at the George Washington University.
More evidence of the economic (as well as the obvious health) benefits of harm reduction.
A tsunami of broken lives caused by an epidemic of methamphetamine use will swell the number of homeless people sleeping on Perth’s streets, a frontline emergency department doctor has warned.
Wow, a tsunami and an epidemic in the same sentence. That's a bit OTT, even by the usual methamphetamine reporting standards, but the interelationship between AOD dependence and homelessness is a very real concern. Providing someone with a home can be the most powerful thing we can do to address other problems. Remove that source of chronic risk and vulnerablility and other issues become easier to deal with.
POLICE have screened more than 1000 people for illicit drugs in remote WA worksites — and found just one bag of cannabis.
Concern about AOD use in the mining industry is valid. There is abundant evidence of the role AOD use plays in exacerbating health and social concerns amongst workers in remote settings. However, it's important to note here: 1000 people were tested, one was found to be in possession of illicit drugs.
Recovery Festival 2015. Celebrating the Achievements of those in Recovery from Alcohol & Drugs. Friday 4th September. The 3rd Annual Recovery Festival in the South West, attracting people from across Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Great initiative building public understanding of recovery and treatment.
A DESPERATE mother who locks her son in a cage to stop him using ice is a sign of “desperation and anguish” that could easily backfire, an addiction expert says.
Coverage of a recent A Current Affair story on one family's approach to managing a son's methamphetamine dependence. While it's clearly done with the best of intentions, this is not the way to go. As VAADA's Sam Biondo indicates, locking someone away could place them at increased risk during withdrawal and could prevent them from getting urgent medical care in case of an emergency. There are less drastic (and less costly) measures avaialble. If someone you care about is struggling with methamphetamine dependence, give us a call (1800 700 514).
TODD Parkinson sits in the back of a car and holds a flame to an opiate-based prescription pain medicine and inhales the fumes. He is addicted to the mellow high, he tells the camera. It’s the same addiction that claimed his brother Drew and in years to come would claim him.
Citing Matthew Frei on some of the factors driving our significant problem with prescription opioids.
MORE than 100 drug-drivers have been busted by Yarra Ranges highway patrol since routine roadside drug testing started in April.
Highlighting both some of the broad patterns of drugdriving and some of the concerns about the effectiveness of roadside testing in measuring impairment. Victorian drivers are now liable to new penalties if both alcohol and illicits are detected: http://sco.lt/5t8YZl.
The way you take a drug affects how much of it gets to your brain, and how rapidly drug levels rise and fall.
Anne-Noël Samaha highlights the effects that routes of administration can have increasing or reducing AOD related harm. Usually, injecting is perceived as the most risky method, but ecently, we've seen evidence that smoking is associated with increased methamphetamine harm and rapid onset of dependence.
More Aborigines will die unless we overturn laws such as those in the NT that allow arrests with no police accountability.
Paperless arrests allow police to detain people without charge, for longer periods if they are deemed to be intoxicated. Rob Hulls outlines some of the damage these powers can do the the marginalised and vulnerable. See the NSW & Qld Solicitors General defending the powers: http://sco.lt/7iFXSz.
Solicitor-Generals for NSW and Queensland have defended the Northern Territory government's "paperless arrests" regime, arguing there was nothing wrong with officers being given the power to investigate, prosecute and then judge cases without a judicial process.
See former Vic Attorney General Rob Hull's piece on the likely impacts of paperless arrest powers: http://sco.lt/74Nfdp.
The man at the centre of Australia’s heroin shift from prohibition to harm minimisation, Alex Wodak, wants to apply the same principles to ice. We need to listen to him
A nice piece by Matt Noffs reflecting on Alex Wodak's work on making space for harm reduction within Australia's drug policy framework and the need for a similar emphasis today to reduce harms associated with methamphetamine use.
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