A coroner has recommended that the Victorian government trial a supervised injecting room in north Richmond, amid an unprecedented spate of heroin overdoses.
Great to see Coroner Hawkins recognising the evidence of need for a MSIC in Richmond. With Fiona Patten's bill to be debated this week, will Minister Foley heed the Coroner's recommendation to 'take the necessary steps to establish a safe injecting facility trial in North Richmond'?
On January 20th, The Sydney Morning Herald published “Pill testing sounds like a great idea, but there’s a catch”, by forensic toxicologist Andrew Leibie, who reasoned that field testing is not very helpful, and might be worse than nothing. Leibie seemed to both not understand what he was talking about, and to ignore some of the key benefits of having on-site testing at events where illegal drugs might be consumed.
Erowid folk consider some of the recent coverage of drug checking proposals and the capacity of such measures to reduce harm.
More than 20 people have been taken to hospital, many in a critical condition, after overdosing on drugs at a dance party in Melbourne.
GHB is reportedly responsible for these overdoses. If you are planning to use it, please remember there is a very small difference between a safe dose and an overdose with this drug. That's why it is associated with so many overdoses.
Gloucester, Mass., police chief Leonard Campanella was upset about the increasing number of heroin overdoses in the coastal town, so he created a program to help addicts that is becoming a national model.
While last week's episode of 'Ice Wars' showed police fully focussed on arresting their way out of the problem, this story provides an example of what a more enlightened approach can achieve.
A deadly drug being passed off as MDMA and heroin has hit Australian shores, authorities have warned.
Coverage of today's announcement by Qld Police that small amounts of carfentanil have been detected. The article cites David Caldicott on the difficulties of detecting the presence of carfentanil with usual testing options and the extreme overdose risk associated with this very powerful opioid. Typically, this sort of headline would be an indicator of a tabloid beatup. In the case of carfentail, the danger is very real. If/when it becomes commonly available in Aus, overdose rates will soar. All the more need for services that have been shown to be effective in preventing overdose deaths, like Medically Supervised Injecting Centres.
Illegal-drug users in Maryland could partake in recreational use under a bill that would create legal, sanitary illicit-drug use facilities in the state.
While Vic Minister Martin Foley has recently dismissed proposals for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Melbourne as a '90's idea', the need for such centres is greater than ever. Canada, Ireland, France and even the US are rapidly moving towards establishing multiple centres in response to the growing death toll from opioid overdoses. With the arrival of Carfentanil in Australia (http://sco.lt/5QKVc1), the situation here is only going to get worse. We need MSICs in Melbourne and other cities now.
The media plays an essential role in shaping the public’s understanding and perception of drugs.
Drug Policy Alliance's Stefanie Jones and Sara Qureshi highlight the impacts of inaccurate media reporting on public perceptions of AOD issues. To see examples of Aus sector response to this sort of reporting, check out the new AOD Media Watch project: http://aodmediawatch.com.au/
One day in 2014, Steve Pullins made a phone call that saved his life. At the time, he was bumming on friends’ couches in Cincinnati without a job and suffering his worst relapse in years. When he wasn’t drinking, he was smoking crack cocaine, and when he wasn’t doing either of those he was using heroin to stave off cravings.
Potential changes to US healthcare by the Trump administration could impose significant new barriers to treatment. See today's related post about the man considered likely to be the new US 'drug czar': http://sco.lt/8JXX5l.
The South Australian government has established an ice task force to combat the escalating use and devastating impacts of the drug.
Hopefully, the SA Govt will also be increasing resources for treatment and harm reduction services and addressing the broader social and structural factors that drive demand for methamphetamine in the state. Any approach that relies solely on supply reduction is doomed to failure. See more coverage of the task force announcement here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-14/ice-taskforce-established-sa/8268792.
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