Researchers from a Perth university have questioned the objectives of DrinkWise, an independent not-for-profit organisation funded by the alcohol industry.
These findings should come as a surprise to no-one. DrinkWise provides the equivalent of 'GreenWash' for the alcohol sector. Their past 'how to drink properly' campaign is a great example: http://sco.lt/6jykNd.
Setting the cannabis tax should not be considered a one-time event. Smart jurisdictions will revise their decisions over time to incorporate new data about taxes, testing, and the cannabis plant itself — without being influenced by those seeking to maximize profits.
Beau Kilmer on the complexities of cannabis taxation.
Justin Trudeau has boldly re-iterated that, when it comes to legalising cannabis, safety is a top priority for Canada. In an interview with CTV news earlier this week, the Canadian PM discussed the importance of legalising cannabis as a protective measure for public health: The reason why legalizing marijuana is the right step for us is because of two things: … Continued
The Prime Minister argues legalisation is a greater protective measure for Canadian public health than decriminalisation
Australia is set to be flooded with new strains of deadly synthetic designer drugs with new versions entering the market virtually on a daily basis according t
As with today's other Age story (http://sco.lt/9KKge9), this one gets a bit hysterical about the scale and severity of risks. The emergence of increasingly potent synthetics is a genuine cause for concern. Their reduced volume makes them easier to traffick and their potency increases overdose risks in the context of uncertain concentrations in illicit products. One factor that is regularly ignored in discussion of how to respond to new and emerging psychoactives is the role that current drug policy has played (and continues to play) in driving demand for drugs that are not detected by current testing regimes or covered by local legislation. Legislative bans will only ever be playing catch up, in response to identified new substances. They will not prevent their production. We need a greater focus on harm reduction (including drug checking services) and treatment services for people (and families) experiencing related harms.
FOR many Aussies, a trip to Bali is a rite of passage. Just six hours from Sydney, the call of cheap beer, massages, idyllic surf breaks and raucous partying is something all of us heed to eventually.
It's important to remember that most cases of alcohol poisoning in Indonesia result from the substitution of locally produced bootleg alcohol. Whether this would be reduced by Indonesia's proposed alcohol ban (http://sco.lt/8mrJ9F) in Bali remains to be seen.
Ramen noodles are supplanting tobacco as the most valuable commodity among prisoners in the US, according to a study released on Monday.
Not so much an indicator in improvements in public health, but more of an indictment of the quality of care provided for people in US prisons. Cost-cutting sees prisoners (and their families) increasingly forced to provide for basic provisions.
More than 1,700 Filipinos have been killed in seven weeks since Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte pledged to wipe-out his country's illegal drugs trade.
New figures emerge during senate hearings into the wave of extrajudicial executions resulting from President Dutuerte's policies. The national police chief says: "I admit many are dying but our campaign, now… we have momentum." How many will die when they hit top speed?
New father Tristin Jones*, 35, has smoked marijuana for so long that it was the only way he felt normal.
Unfortunately, the headline for this article contributes to the very stigma Mr Jones says he wishes to avoid. However, the article (featuring Nick Lintzeris) itself provides a good account of the Sativex trial and its impact for a couple of participants.
The Life Education van is updating its repertoire to teach primary school students about the dangers of the drug ice.
Whoever is providing AOD education in our schools, the key is that the information provided is credible, evidence based and provides children and parents with information about where to seek professional help. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/9KKge9.
Rotorua mayoral candidate John Rakei-Clark vows to launch NZ's biggest drug crackdown if elected.
'Tough on drugs' rhetoric is unfortunately commonplace in political campaigns around the world, but this example is more extreme that usual. Is this an example of the wider influence of Philippines' President Duturte's brutal policies?
A study of nearly 3,400 military veterans over 10 years found that when participants began to misuse opioid painkillers, they had a very high likelihood of also beginning to use heroin, researchers reported in the journa
More evidence of the impacts of our reliance on opioids to manage pain.
Just one in four people caught with cannabis are charged by police across England and Wales, new figures reveal, while arrests and cautions have fallen by almost half and charges have fallen by a third since 2010. Some police forces have said they are not looking to “seek out” people who use cannabis and one police force said officers are no longer targeting those who grow cannabis for personal use.
While police showing initiative to reduce punitive measures for AOD use is welcome, such disparities in practice highlight the need for drug law reform to enable consistent practice. Whether you end up with a criminal record (or not) shouldn't depend on where you live.
A plan to place Australia's first ice inhalation room in Liverpool, in Sydney's south-west, has received a cool reception from local businesses and residents at the first community meeting on the proposal.
The usual fears and myths raised by community members and local businesses in opposition to the proposal provide a good indicator of the challenges when advocating for evidence based responses to AOD use. The 'honeypot effect' has been repeatedly shown to be a myth (but a very resilient one), as have the notion that such centres will increase local crime. Nice work by Matt, Alex and Marianne to keep putting the evidence forward.
Researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.
Researchers target immune response to release of cytokines to reduce necessary dosage of opioids.
The alcoholic-drinks industry is waging a multimillion-dollar battle to confront a rapid shift in global government policy based on new research warning that even moderate drinking may be linked to possible cancer risks. Photo: Getty Images.
Expect a wave of industry sponsored research claiming health benefits from alcohol consumption and associated 'Big Alcohol' advocacy. What we'd expect to see is the same sort of approach used by Big Tobacco and climate change deniers: pump out counter claims (evidence based, or not) to muddy public debate and create the impression that experts aren't clear about the nature of the problem, or what to do about it. Given our concerns about declining editorial standards in mainstream media (http://sco.lt/5aHsnJ), we'd expect this industry advocacy to receive a lot of unquestioning coverage.
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