Five years ago Anne-Marie Cockburn's 15 year-old daughter Martha died from taking 1/2g of MDMA powder that turned out to be 91% pure. She is now calling for the legalisation of all drugs for people over 18.
A powerful (5 min) interview. Ms Cockburn's experience should resonate with any parent and be a wake up call for anyone who thinks 'it wouldn't happen to my kids'.
By scouring thousands of medications created for other conditions, a researcher wants to find pills that can help overcome addiction.
While we regularly see headlines proclaiming the latest 'cure' for AOD dependence, it's good to see that this piece concludes with the section: 'There's just no silver bullet' that at least provides some brief recognition of the complex factors contributing to dependence and the need for a range of evidence based approaches that allow people to find a treatment model that works for them.
THE Philippines tourism secretary has urged the media to “tone down” coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.
Perhaps the Duterte govt should consider that stopping state sanctioned murders of thousands of its own citizens (and a small number of internationals) would be more likely to encourage people to visit the country? What will they do next, claim reports of the 8,000 people killed to date are 'fake news'? See today's related post on a UK documentary providing an insight into the impacts of the brutality unleashed by President Duterte: http://sco.lt/6cWk77.
Vietnamese state media say a court has sentenced nine men to death for trafficking more than 1,000 pounds of heroin.
In spite of its demonstrated ineffectiveness at preventing trafficking, the use of the death penalty for drug offences has only increased in SE Asia since countries like Vietnam and Indonesia obstructed global policy change at last year's special session of the UN General Assembly.
Drunk and disorderly patrons who loiter around licensed venues after being kicked out could soon face prosecution.
Proposed measures also include increasing licensing fees for 'big box' alcohol retailers, reduced fees for small bars and a change in the legal definition of 'intoxicated' to include impairment by other drugs. There's a full summary of the measures at the bottom.
Pharmacists could have a greater role in harm minimisation under the recommendations of a new report The Australia 21 report, Can Australia respond to drug
More coverage of the Australia 21 report, also citing Fiona Patten (whose MSIC bill has been sent to committee for consideration) on the need for drug policy reform. See today's related Age editorial: http://sco.lt/6VCEOv.
Mixing alcohol with highly-caffeinated soft drinks can increase the risk of injury on a night out, researchers have warned. Popular cocktails like vodka and red bull, espresso martinis and jagerbombs, where a shot is dropped into a glass of energy drink, can be more dangerous than drinking alcohol on its own, they said.
Believe it or not ice is affecting all of our communities. For me, as a recovered user I believe the biggest impact to my day-to-day life is stigma, aggression and fear. The ABC formulated a strong fear based “campaign” and smothered it in emotional music, frightening scenes and struggling police officers just trying to do their job, I have a couple of problems with this.
Jay's response to the recent ABC series and the impact he has observed on public understanding of methamphetamine and the people who use it.
Amber Dawson lives on Lennox St, Richmond, the home of Melbourne's biggest, and most visible, heroin trade. She says it's the worst it's ever been.
"Every day there's needles all around our house and our car, around our bins. It's awful," she says.
More evidence of public support for the establishment of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Richmond. You can show your support by making a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry (due to report in September). Details here: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/lsic/article/3552.
Livvy Haydock trails the cops, vigilantes and victims caught up in the Filipino president’s drive to rid his country of drugs.
This program promises to provide a powerful insight into the deep impacts of President Duterte's brutal drug policies. See today's related post on complaints that media coverage of the killings is bad for tourism in the country: http://sco.lt/7Yvi7t.
An Auckland man has posted a disturbing video of the impact drugs caused on his sister and a friend when they comatosed after taking what is being described as a "demon drug".
As with other similar US examples that have received a lot of attention, this may be well-intentioned but is unlikely to dissuade many people from using synthetic cannabis products. We know that scare campaigns (whether govt funded or home made) are not effective and have often been found to actually increase the likelihood of future use. What these sort of videos (and the associated social media commentary) typically achieve is to further entrench the stigmatisation of people who use illicit drugs, and the two people featured here in particular. We're not posting the image here as we don't want to add to the feeding frenzy that occurs with this sort of content.
Deciding not to drink booze at a party is a totally normal thing to do nowadays.
OK, the article is pure marketing spin for this particular product, but it is also an indicator of the apparent growth in demand for alcohol-free beer products. It will be interesting to see how this market segment develops. If you haven't seen it already, it's also worth looking at FARE Australia's campaign that calls bullshit on the alcohol industry's marketing claims about 'healthy' beer: http://beertheobvioustruth.com/.
CANBERRA teenager Adam* has just returned to school after spending two years addicted to ice. He told his story to Kristen Henry.
This is a good example of how to report people's lived experience of AOD dependence: keep comment to a minimum, avoid sensationalism, treat people with respect and get out of the way and let them tell their story. Good to see inclusion of support service details too. The video also features Noffs Foundation's ACT Street University.
A South Australian family were forced to turn their home into a rehab facility in a desperate bid to save their meth-addicted daughter's life.
This is typical tabloid stuff. The desperation of families to protect their children in such situations is entirely understandable but, for the record, we do not endorse this approach. There are publicly funded services available (including our own) to keep people safe during withdrawal and early recovery. Depending on the individual (and what drugs they have been using), withdrawal can be a dangerous period, with seizures being a particular risk for some. If someone you care about is considering withdrawal, speak to a doctor or treatment provider about the potential risks and the services that are available. You don't have to do it alone.
With independent public policy thinktank Australia21 publishing a landmark report Monday calling for a complete overhaul in the nation's approach to illicit drugs, Professor Dan Lubman and Christian Smyth argue that the current system is broken. In this piece for Croakey coinciding with the Australia21 release, Lubman and Smyth from Turning Point and Monash University warn that fatal overdoses in Victoria now exceed the number of road deaths and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Dan Lubman and Christian Smyth highlight the looming pharmacotherapy crisis, caused by increasing opiod use (and overdose risk) and a small, ageing cohort of doctors willing to prescribe pharmactherapies.
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