Concern is growing at the use of crystal meth, also known as ice, in remote communities, but services to keep the problem at bay have lost funding. And the ‘children of the intervention’ are the ones most at risk. A special report
An extended piece on the impacts on remote communities of a reported resurgence of 'chroming', together with methamphetamine use and service funding cuts. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8u5T3x.
THE ice epidemic could bring Australia to its knees and police will be powerless to prevent it unless the whole community joins the fight, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has warned.
As we've said previously, this sort of hyper-inflated language does little to increase public understanding of the actual harms associated with methamphetamine use. Yes, there are serious issues to be dealt with, but let's try to stick to the evidence.
An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an increase in addiction.
An inmate at a Sydney jail where an HIV-positive prisoner was found to be shooting up drugs and sharing needles with six other prisoners, has revealed that there were many more prisoners who shared needles with the man.
HEALTH professionals are calling for radical changes after Indiana entered a public health emergency following a spike in HIV cases.
Highlighting the obvious need for increased harm reduction measures (such as reliable access to clean injecting equipment) to reduce the harm to people who inject, their families and the broader community.
Australia has won their fifth Cricket World Cup, but Shane Warne's interrogation of winning players about their post-match drinking plans has caused a stir and generated some laughs on social media.
Warne's commentary was only slightly more egregious than is usually the case in sports coverage. The fact that there has been this reaction is a good indication of how public attitudes are shifting and the increased awareness of the impacts of pervasive alcohol marketing.
The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.
More on the CFMEU's change of position on workplace testing (see yesterday's post: http://sco.lt/50N34L). Good to see a focus on workers' welfare and reducing potential harms. It will be very interesting to see how employers respond.
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