The numbers used to prove Australia is in an ice epidemic don't prove that at all.
Nice piece by Girard Dorney. It's a tough task to challenge the hysteria around methamphetamines but acknowledge the lived experience of affected communities. See today's earlier post for an example: http://sco.lt/4gu8kj
Binge drinking can have lasting effects on brain pathways that are still developing during adolescence, say neuroscience researcher Heather N. Richardson and her colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Louisiana State University.
THE growing rate of ice use seen in Wangaratta is not matching up with national statistics.
Citing YoDAA's Dom Ennis. This article highlights the potential for disconnection between research data and lived experience in regional communities. Public fora like this need to bridge this divide and provide community members with an understanding of key issues and that what they can do to respond.
DOCTORS are demanding new laws cracking down on alcohol, saying those who argued for personal responsibility should tell that to a “brain-damaged child” or a “mother who lives in fear of her drunken husband”.
Meth use in Dubbo and the wider western region is increasing dramatically because of cheaper and more pure product being available but is still isn’t as damaging as alcohol abuse, according to the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSW LHD).
A 'good' example of the current media obsession with methamphetmaines. The opening sentence acknowledges that alcohol does more damage within the region, but the rest of the article is all about Ice.
THE State Government has ruled out tough Queenland-style anti-bikie laws to help fight the drugs scourge in Tasmania. Police are focusing their attention on outlaw motorcycle clubs as the force battles the growing problem of crystalline methylamphetamine, or ice, particularly in the state’s North-West.
Claims that alcohol can protect our memory or hearts are beside the point: drink isn't 'good for us'
Nice piece by Tom Chivers on the capacity of media coverage to distort research findings and muddy the waters of community understanding of the harms associated with alcohol use. See last week's posts on a similar theme.
Alcohol misuse is one of Australia's major health issues. Alcohol-related harm pervades society. It is not just a problem of George Street in Sydney or Lygon Street in Melbourne or Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. The devastating consequences of alcohol misuse extend from our cities and into rural and remote areas and the number of alcohol-related assaults numbers more than tops 70,000 per annum a year.
Coverage from day one of the AMA summit. Follow the Twitter feed via #AMAsummit
Heroin overdoses are typically treated using injections of a medication that resuscitates the victim. That's fine if paramedics are doing it, but not everyone feels comfortable giving someone else a needle.
The nasal spray would certainly make naloxone more user friendly for the general population.
The federal government is "actively" considering mining magnate Andrew Forrest's recommendations that welfare recipients be issued with a debit card to ensure they do not spend their benefits on alcohol and gambling and that family payments be made contingent on children's school attendance.
See yesterday's post on Prof Marcia Langton's support for the scheme: http://sco.lt/70iWu1. There are some obvious concerns about the stigma associated with this reworking of the US foodstamps scheme.