No doubt many in the health sector are hoping that having a political party led by an experienced health professional may bring benefits for health debate and policy. Those supporting drug law reform have been heartened by a recent speech by Senator Richard di Natale, leader of the Greens and contrast his informed, evidence-based approaches with the Prime Minister’s sensationalist responses to the ‘national Ice crisis’.
Our CEO Laurence Alvis responds to Senator Richard Di Natale's recent speech on the need for a new approach to Australian drug policy. We need more leadership like this, not like this: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.
Lewis, famous for detailing his own years of drug addiction in a book, divides the medical profession by arguing it is a behavioural problem, not a medical affliction
Melissa Davey spoke with Marc Lewis (ahead of his appearance today at the Melbourne Writer's Festival) about the impact of language and how addiction/dependence is defined shapes how it is treated. You can see the live discussion of Mr Lewis' presentation on Twitter (search for the #MWF15 tag). See also last week's article on his work by Jenny Valentish: http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.
The Government is going to take a wider approach to the harm caused by alcohol and drugs in a five-year policy released today
The language is good, but has anyone had a chance to review the detail of the policy? Meanwhile, the Aus govt considers cutting benefits and forced treatment for people who use methamphetamine: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.
ICE addicts could be docked welfare benefits or forced into rehab under a plan being considered by the Abbott government.
This article is behind the NewsCorp paywall, but the teaser says it all. It's starting to look like the PM is planning to ignore the recommendations of his own National Ice Taskforce and outsource Australian drug policy to Jacquie Lambie and Andrew Forrest.
When deep web drug markets go offline, the fallout tends to be explosive. It could be a high-profile police raid sowing fear throughout the community, or a sudden disappearance that has short-changed drug dealers and customers calling scam. Not so with Agora.
The article also cites Agora consumer feedback praising it's approach.
Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley today marked International Overdose Awareness Day by calling for people to remember those lost to drug overdose and the grief felt by their family, friends and loved ones.
Media release from Minister Foley announcing new harm reduction funding in Melbourne's south. This is a positive move that addresses some the loss of HR programs through the Vic AOD reform process. More of this please.
Unable to get adequate help for their son with tragic consequences, a grieving family has gone public in their grief to point out gaps in the healthcare system.
Nice piece by Chloe Booker on the impact of overdose on one Victorian family and the need for continued improvement of our treatment system to ensure that people get effective, evidence based supports when and where they need them. If you're in Melbourne's North and West and someone you care about is struggling with opioids or other drugs, give us a call (1800 700 514).
Addiction, whether to substances or behaviours, can wreak havoc on people's lives. But the addicted mind is complex, and we know from history that there's no easy fix. Now, one physician is attempting to heal the 'hungry ghost' of addiction by looking at addicts' childhood environment. Lynne Malcolm and Olivia Willis report.
Featuring the work of Gabor Mate on promoting a health-based response to AOD dependence. See also this on Marc Lewis' work on challenging common myths about addiction/dependence: http://sco.lt/7RpoJd.
AFTER days of stories on how ice is gripping the nation, today we ask readers to join us in a live blog to discuss the epidemic.
Let's see what the impact of NewsCorp's week of dubious methamphetamine coverage has been on its readership. We're tipping that there will be strong support for today's 'cut benefits and forced treatment' proposal: http://sco.lt/7MQA4X.
Earlier this week the Daily Mail ran a story with the headline „Forget Amsterdam! Iceland smokes the most cannabis“. According to the story the reason is that attitudes to cannabis smoking in Iceland are very liberal and its use tolerated by the authorities. The story has received considerable attention, being shared more than two thousand times.
Last month the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015 were laid before Parliament, amending the 2012 Regulations which restrict the supply etc. of medicines, and we got the first glimpse of the changes that are to be introduced from 1st October. The main change is that: "Persons e
Kristie Douse on the impacts of the policy change process on naloxone accessibility.
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