PUTTING more police on the beat won't fix Victoria's growing problem with family violence and the drug ice, the state's police chief says.
Good to see Commissioner Lay recognising that we need more than an a 'law and order' policy response to problems associated with the use of methamphetamines. Earlier interventions (including treatment) are the key. We hope our politicians are listening.
In Guatemala, behind barred and locked doors, thousands of drug addicts are offered treatment by Protestant churches. Christianity offers salvation for some but many are held against their will, and some are swept off the street by "hunting" parties.
Not good practice, obviously. But this approach is not only practised in Guatemala. We see too many stories of similar 'treatment' from around the world. It highlights the importance of improving public understanding of AOD dependence, treatment and recovery, and of recognising people's basic human rights.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are warning Canadians that Justin Trudeau wants to make weed “more accessible to kids” by displaying and selling it in neighbourhood stores. Nonsense, the Liberal leader replies. Canadian youth already have easy access to the prohibited substance despite the Conservatives’ hard-line approach to drugs. A regulated regime that legalizes cannabis, the Liberals claim, will actually make access tougher.
The Napthine government will overhaul the law to allow clinical trials of medical cannabis.
Health Minister David Davis will announce an advisory committee, made up of medical and regulatory experts, that will also work through the complex issues to allow a trial examining the use of cannabis compounds in treating or relieving symptoms for a range of illnesses and conditions.
Premier Campbell Newman said he was "very confident" that the other states will soon be looking to the "Queensland model" to address their alcohol and drug fuelled violence problems, saying he didn't believe other jurisdictions went far enough in addressing the issue.
So, that's an emphatic no to pricing and lockouts, two policy approaches that have plenty of evidence behind them.
PATIENTS on unsupervised leave from Victoria’s secure mental hospital are smuggling alcohol and drugs back inside, staff believe.
No prison or secure facility is watertight. Where there is a demand for drugs, some will always get in. One issue not raised here is the likely pressure (from other patients) people going on leave may be under to bring drugs back with them.
THE NSW government will move to tighten hospital complaint rules after reports a Sydney neurosurgeon was allowed to continue operating on patients despite health authorities suspecting he was a cocaine addict.
Following from Monday's post. Will this make it harder for people with previous histories of AOD dependence to find work? We can see why authorities want to introduce such measures, but they create a workplace environment that increases the stigma associated with AOD use and increases the chances that people will feel that they have to hide their dependence, rather than seek help.
Medicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial to grow it in Norfolk Island was blocked by the federal government last week. The media is ablaze with political rumblings and tales of…
David Allsop & Ian McGregor look at the current state of evidence and politics on cannabis.
A compound found in marijuana could soon be trialled on young Australians to prevent and treat psychosis after European research suggested it could treat schizophrenia with fewer side effects than other drugs.
Citing OYHRC on their plan to run a trial comparing the effects of CBD to antipsychotic medications.