Joe Francis is looking in the right direction by trying to reduce the growing muster in his prisons and juvenile facilities by tackling the issue of methamphetamines.
We'd suggest that the 'thorough examination of how to comprehensively address' the impacts of methamphetamine use that the West Australian is calling for would shoe that forced treatment models are not the way to go. Swapping one prison for another will not address the underlying factors that contribute to demand for (and use of) methamphetamine. See today's related coverage, indicating that the Barnett Govt sees this as an issue to campaign on in the March WA election: http://sco.lt/6J0WrR.
It's a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can't get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. And so their pain continues to get in the way of their addiction recovery - or they seek pain relief in the same addictive substances they're trying to avoid.
Study shows the potential for approach combining behavioral therapy and social support to help people manage their pain.
E-cigarettes emit harmful chemicals with some models releasing more than others, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found the disintegration of two solvents present in almost every e-liquid – the substance vaporised in e-cigarettes – leads to the emission of toxic chemicals, including acrolein - a severe eye and respiratory irritant – and formaldehyde – a cause of coughing, wheezing and nausea.
A recently published study published in the journal Addiction has raised questions over the validity of evidence that led to the approval of nalmefene as a drug for the treatment of alcohol dependence. The study says that 'weak evidence
Alcohol Policy UK highlights the problematic role the pharmaceutical industry plays in the development and approval of pharmacotherapies.
Families could apply to put addicted loved ones into rehab under laws the Government wants to import.
Family members' desperation for a 'solution' to the harms of a loved one's methamphetamine use are understandable, but this is not the answer. Forced treatment may help a small proportion of people, but it will do more harm than good.
July 26th, 2016 Many stereotypes are ascribed to drug users, almost all of them negative. Of course, people who use drugs are just as diverse as the general population. But if there is one thing many of us are, it is resourceful. We are also used to social exclusion, and we have ways of handling i
Nice piece by Shaun Shelley on the creative (and productive) response to the exclusion of people who inject drugs at the recent International AIDS Society conference. Staging a public parallel helped to increase the recognition of PWID as having a meaningful (and essential) contribution to make to preventing the spread of HIV and provided a visible reminder of the importance of harm reduction.
Ten foreign nationals and four Indonesians face firing squad, in spite of claims of forced confessions, torture allegations and ongoing legal appeals
Indonesia indicated that it was preparing for another round of executions at the recent special drug policy session of the UN General Assembly. Use of the death penalty for drug related crimes was one of the most divisive topics at the session.
The Loop, a drugs harm reduction organisation, pioneered a drug testing scheme at the festival that found – among other things – concrete and malaria pills in what was supposed to be ecstasy and ketamine.
David Hiller looks at the work of Transform's The Loop harm reduction project and the current policy context in the UK.
Jessica Khachan is not the type of person that springs to mind when most Australians think of a drug addict.
Great article featuring the story of Ms Khachan and the work of Scriptwise. It provides yet another example of how stigmatisation of people who are AOD dependent makes it harder for them to seek help, and the need for change in public attitudes.
The WA government says plans to force methylamphetamine users to undergo rehabilitation won't be rushed.
Won't be rushed, but: 'We will be as close as we possibly can by the end of this year'. The Govt clearly see this as something to campaign on in the run up to the March WA election. See today's West Australian editorial supporting the move: http://sco.lt/6Yu493.
Addaction says NHS England decision to treat just 10,000 people a year with costly drugs is ‘potential death sentence’
When public health experts talk consistently about new treatments providing the real chance of eradicating HepC within a decade (http://sco.lt/6sY0x7), rationing treatment makes no sense in the longer term.
Doctors are predicting the eradication of hepatitis C from Australia by 2026.
Today is World Hepatitis Day. New treatments (and their listing on the PBS to increase accessibility) have the real potential for a public health 'cure'. See http://worldhepatitisday.org/ for more info.
When it comes to combating the nation’s opioid epidemic, politicians of all stripes say they are fully committed.
President Obama wants to spend a billion dollars on new treatment programs. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talk about the ravages of addiction and the need for solutions. And Congress earlier this month passed a package of legislation to prevent overdoses, bolster law enforcement and improve recovery programs.
...but new law reduces accountability of pharmaceutical companies by making it easier to evade prosecution.
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado was associated with both increased hospital visits and cases at a regional poison center because of unintentional exposure to the drug by children, suggesting effective preventive measures are needed as more states consider legalizing the drug, according to a new article.
These findings highlight issues about increased availability of cannabis, and safe storage in the home. Storage is an important issue for any drug or potentially harmful chemical and should be addressed. However, it's important to note that current research indicates that cannabis law reform changes in Colorado have not led to increased use of the drug: http://sco.lt/7uukDZ.
The Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production. In September 2014, the country’s government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility unveiled in Florence in April last year.
Highlighting one of the benefits of regulated supply: quality control.
There are at least two ways of interpreting the Barr government's decision to rule out reforming ACT liquor laws.
Canberra Times editorial asks what alternatives the ACT Govt has in place to address alcohol related violence, now it has taken lockouts, last drinks and increased licence fees for late night operators. It appears that govts' willingness to implement such measures is emerging as a national benchmark for political courage. See yesterday's related coverage: http://sco.lt/8xxCzJ and the ACT police response: http://sco.lt/5fAglt.
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