Canberra's late night venues have launched a co-ordinated campaign against the ACT government's proposed 3am last drinks for bars and nightclubs.
It's an interesting indicator of the state of the current public debate that labelling the ACT Govt's proposal as 'a lockout law in disguise' is considered to be an effective tactic by those opposing it.
A version of this article was originally published in June 2015 on LEAP UK – one year on, little has changed: There was a familiar and tragic story in the news on the 14th June 2015, about six heroin-related deaths in Nottinghamshire Events like this are generally reported the same way, with some public official, or … Continued
LEAP UK's Neil Wood reflects on the impacts of the recent reforms to the UK's AOD treatment sector, particularly the role of recovery-based models on limiting harm reduction efforts and increasing risk to clients. FYI, our position statement (and supporting evidence) on Recovery Oriented Practice is here: http://www.regen.org.au/news-advocacy/advocacy-in-action.
More people now die from hepatitis C in the United States than 60 other infectious diseases—including HIV and tuberculosis—combined. Two new reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyze hepatitis C disease and death. The virus now infects and estimated 3.5 million Americans, and in 2014, it killed 19,659.
Highlighting the importance of improving the accessibility of new Hep C treatments and ongoing investment in harm reductioin measures to prevent transmission.
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.
May 2nd, 2016 Recently the neuroscientist Marc Lewis, a friend of mine, gave Percy Menzies, president of treatment provider Assisted Recovery Centers of America, the chance to guest-post on his blog as part of a series on the “response to the heroin epidemic.” Menzies’s post suggested that naltrexo
We have our own advocates for naltrexone based treatment in Australia. Shaun Shelly reviews some of the reasons, such an approach is not supported by the majority of Australian treatment providers.
A Boston homeless center has started a new program allowing people who use opioids to be in a safe space where they can be supervised after taking the drugs. The program joins a growing number of places which aim to use "harm reduction" strategies -- leading people toward treatment and reducing the risk of overdose -- in the difficult fight against a rapidly growing opioid epidemic
More signs of growing support for harm reduction in the US. See today's related post on the latest call for the establishment of new Medically Supervised Injecting Centres in Australia: http://sco.lt/7Ouk5J.
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.
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.
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