Health professionals and resources executives are growing concerned crystalline methamphetamine, or ice, is becoming a "drug of choice" for miners intent on circumventing on-site testing.
Citing the ADF's Phillip Collins. Stimulant use has long been an issue in industries requiring workers to spend long hours on the job in stressful environments. We know that methamphetamine use is a particular issue in the construction, finance and sexwork industries.
There were promising signs, her family says, that Molly Parks had begun to reclaim her life.
Highlighting the very personal impacts of rising heroin use in the US. We're also seeing a significant increase in heroin presentations through our services, particularly since the start of the year. Stories like this only reinforce the importance of increasing the availability of naloxone to peers and family members to prevent overdoses and save lives.
Thai rehab centres offering cheap, anonymous treatment say they are plugging the gaps in Australia's failing approach to ice addiction.
You can see the video of last night's Lateline story here: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4221860.htm. Ryan's experience with methamphetmaine dependence is a common one, but it's important to remember that, while there are still issues with waiting lists and regional access, there are FREE treatment options available here in Australia. If you're in Vic, you can call the new 'Ice Advice Line' (launched this morning, see below). If you're in NSW, you can call the Stimulant Treatment Line ( 02 9361 8088 1800 101 188). If you're interested, here's our briefing on the work we've been doing in this area and our recommendations for future service development: http://regen.org.au/.../ReGen_Methamphetamine_Treatment...
DRUG dependence and faction fights are the cause behind recent unrest at Risdon Prison, say prison bosses.
Whether or not the ban on tobacco was the cause or not, increasing smoking restrictions are providing a challenge for a wide range of service providers. While the health arguments for stopping smoking are clear, managing nicotine withdrawal is difficult at the best of times, when people are incarcerated or undergoing various forms of treatment it is even more so.
Businessman Ron Walker is thrilled that the drug he credits with saving his life could be made publicly available.
At the end of this piece is news of confirmation that three new HCV treatment drugs have been recommended for PBS inclusion. This is good news for the 99% of the 230,000 Australians living with HCV but not receiving treatment.
We have become aware that scammers are tricking cancer patients and their families into handing over money for ‘cannabis oil’, yet receiving nothing in return. At least one of these fraudsters is using the email address ukcancerresearchcentre @ gmail.com and claiming to be based at 407 St John Street, London, which is the address of our London office. We [...]
We've seen media reports of similar examples in Aus. Avoiding such scenarios is one clear argument for cannabis regulation.
Queensland has woken up — or at least arched its eyebrow and propped one lid open.
Jane Fynes-Clinton looks to international examples and evidence. See our related post from yesterday about contradictions between current (and emerging) cannabis policy and political discourse about 'gateway drugs': http://sco.lt/8PGBhR
Australia's endless supply of poisonous creatures might finally be seen as a positive, with local scientists making an important discovery about how spider venom can be used to make a new class of ...
We saw similar reports last year about 'non addictive' painkillers derived from snail venom: http://sco.lt/8te69h. Discovering whether such drugs live up to their 'abuse proof' claims in the real world is probably a long way off.
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